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Will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day?

The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards.

The day of romantic gestures is almost upon us; shops are bursting with heart shaped goodies and cards, romantic CD’s are being promoted on the television so there is no excuse to forget. The pressure is on!

Valentine’s Day can be such a mixed bag for many.  It is difficult to avoid this time honoured tradition, but how do you mark Valentine’s Day?  Is it a day you look forward to or a day you dread or do you simply ignore it?  Do you spoil the love of your life or feel it’s commercialised and over rated or just for the youngsters?

The day not only highlights what you have when it comes to love but what you don’t have or have lost too.

What are your views? Are you an old romantic at heart?  Do you send a card? Is everyday a special day for you?  Has it become too commercialised? Have you lost the love of your life, so does this day make you feel sad? 

Will you be celebrating Valentine's Day?

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iestynlad
24th May 2017
0
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Malcolm Poyser
13th Feb 2017
1
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Of course ! A good excuse to take my friend out for lovely meal and to spoil her !
Lionel
13th Feb 2017
1
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Well, I'm trying the recipe Sally ( our Editor) has posted. Everything in store, plus card etc., and I will offer a romantic evening. My lady deserves it, that little bit of special attention. There are other days in the year when I make her feel special, but this is the one we're talking about.

Yes, my lady deserves it ... for putting up with me for so long!
DeirdreC
13th Feb 2017
2
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Sadly it's become so very commercialised and I think it puts pressure on couples, and people just dating. . It's not much fun for those of us on our own either!! I'll just have to cherish fond memories of those satin heart cards in a box I received as a teenager!!
biker babe
12th Feb 2017
3
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I did suggest that my hubby could take me to Iceland for a little holiday, ive fancied visiting this country, but he said there's an 'Iceland' in town, there's no hope!
JohnHerb
13th Feb 2017
2
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Brilliant-he obviously has a great sense of humour...if I said that I would have a frying pan over the head!
biker babe
13th Feb 2017
1
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Lionel
15th Feb 2017
1
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Is that he has a frying pan on his head or he has a great sense of humour?

No matter, funniest post in ages! Rhank you.
biker babe
15th Feb 2017
1
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Glad you liked it!
Koda
11th Feb 2017
1
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Every day is a special day, I'm lucky, my husband tells me he loves me every day.
Joan Fraser
11th Feb 2017
1
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No partner - and also think flowers etc go way up in price, so wouldn't encourage it
Pauline64
10th Feb 2017
1
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I've been separated for 6 years and haven't got anybody to celebrate with
CeeCeeUK
10th Feb 2017
2
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No one to share it with now my partner has died, not that he was overtly romantic. I did write him a very corny Valentine poem (just submitted it in the Showcase section) that he was very touched by ....
Trickywoo
10th Feb 2017
3
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We will share a lovely meal a bottle of bubbly in celebration of our life and love together and put up the cards we have had for over 40 years !!!
We don't need a new card each year and love the fact that they like our relationship has stood the test of time ........
collywally
10th Feb 2017
3
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as it is my birthday of course I will be celebrating and in style!!!!!
Krazee
10th Feb 2017
3
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we are happily married and love each other very much, over the years we have made many happy memories and have our own special days which we celebrate so why should we have to show each other we love each other on Valentines day? I think it puts too much pressure on people especially if they are single, as it only emphasises the fact. I'm sure the original way to celebrate the day was to tell your secret love how you felt not to spend ridiculous amounts of money on cards,chocolates,flowers & jewellery etc.
Margaret Hart
10th Feb 2017
5
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Everything has become so commercialised it is no longer a pleasure to treat yourselves as you feel as though you are being robbed blind.
biker babe
12th Feb 2017
1
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You are right, Margaret!
ecarg
10th Feb 2017
2
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Valentine I;m sure I never liked him anyway
Cactus14
8th Feb 2017
3
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43 years married, I love my wife not only on the 14th February, prices go up with anything related, why pay through the nose for something you're already paying through nose for..
WiseOldOwl
8th Feb 2017
2
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Sadly No as I Have No Man in my life. 🙁
Proudpatti
8th Feb 2017
2
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Pam1960
6th Feb 2017
8
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I have been married 30 years and have never celebrated Valentines day. I have always objected to the hike in prices of flowers and meals out. I prefer to receive and give gifts spontaneously rather than on set occasions. I also dislike Valentines day for the lack of self worth it causes amongst children. If you are one of the few who doesn't receive a card it can make you question your attractiveness, likeability and personality. I have seen too many girls crying over this pointless day. I am sure many boys felt the same
silverhair
6th Feb 2017
3
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42 years married and my late husband and i never celebrated valentines day.
Grannysmith
5th Feb 2017
3
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My husband even sends me a card on the anniversary of the date we met 31 years ago and, yes we always celebrate Valentines Day by exchanging cards, going out for a meal to a favourite restaurant, although this year we shall be with friends - who have been married for 60 years and they are just as happy as we are. We are in old age now but he is just as romantic now as way back then.
JohnHerb
4th Feb 2017
3
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I just wish I could buy a decent valentines card nowadays. They all seem to be of bears for some strange reason and they cost a lot?. Maybe that says more about my unromantic state of mind.
TNetherton
3rd Feb 2017
3
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No and I have gotten use to it...
MrsPat
3rd Feb 2017
7
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I wish...just for once my hubbie would be a bit romantic. sad really
Krazee
10th Feb 2017
2
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Mrs Pat, my hubster isn't romantic in the common sense of the word but he does little things for me now & again which to ma are romantic.
Not all these romantic gestures need to include flowers or chocolates etc. I am sure he does the odd thing for you now & again which makes you think "Oh I love him" so they will be romantic gestures of his own if you get my drift, sometimes you just have to look outside the norm.
Wilf
3rd Feb 2017
5
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By the way to the editor (Sally? and her team) I love the photo of the French Bulldog...really made me laugh as we are great dog lovers as well as you can guess from my "image"!!!
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Thanks Wilf ... glad you like it 😀
Wilf
3rd Feb 2017
5
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I always buy my lovely wife flowers and a special treat for Valentines day. we have been married for more years than I care to remember but I love her dearly and cherish her each day. well they do say Love makes the world go round and its true. when I was a teenager I remember always hoping to get valentines cards. never did-sad really! But did send a few but wont tell the wife that!
Yodama
3rd Feb 2017
6
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I will not be celebrating Valentines day because I do not have a Valentine. Still, I will smile at the showing of affection between people around me,
Yodama
3rd Feb 2017
5
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Full on showing of love and affection, flowers, chocolates, elegant dining and beautiful words, just one day, but a special one.

Brings a smile, a warmth and a feeling that all your heartstrings have been gently plucked. Old memories of young sweethearts in love relived.
Valentines day is just a reminder to those who have let everything slide throughout the year. a reminder that love is the master key to everything,
Janice Wilkinson
7th Feb 2017
2
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Well said LittleMix x
Jo Kingham
3rd Feb 2017
5
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Not for me - it's a rip off. Meals, flowers and just about everything else treble in price so people can make a quick profit.
Lionel
3rd Feb 2017
8
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Oh, yes, I most certainly will. Card, flowers and a classy meal cooked by me.

What's wrong with a little old fashioned romance? What's wrong with a loving husband and wife showing their affections to one another?

Nothing at all!
CaroleAH
3rd Feb 2017
4
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Lionel, you have restored my faith in the male species. Your wife is a lucky lady.
Lionel
3rd Feb 2017
3
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No, Carole, I'm the fortunate man. But, thanks for that kindest of thoughts.
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I will inspire you with a lovely Valentine's meal recipe next week Lionel 🙂
Lionel
3rd Feb 2017
3
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Oh, please do. I'd love a cooking challenge, especially with my wife's favourite - lamb.
Wilf
3rd Feb 2017
5
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Well done Lionel-I totally agree we need to look after our lovely ladies!
silverhair
6th Feb 2017
3
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My late husband always looked after me - didn't need a valentines card to prove it.
Wilf
6th Feb 2017
3
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I agree us men need to look after you 365 days of the year!
Lionel
3rd Feb 2017
3
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Yes we do Wilf, they are our treasure, the object of our affections.
Jo Kingham
3rd Feb 2017
7
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Nothing at all Lionel, but it should happen anyway without Valentine's Day telling you to!
Lionel
3rd Feb 2017
4
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Oh, it does. I'm a hopeless old romantic, a man deeply contented with his wife and one of the ways to show that is by making her feel, well, loved. Making her feel so special.

Told you I's a hopeless romantic.
Yodama
3rd Feb 2017
5
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Men such as you Lionel, restore cynical thoughts of ' it's all a crock' to a firm belief in humanity's ability to show abundant love.
I feel sure you lovely wife will feel very special on the day and of course, all days.
Lionel
3rd Feb 2017
2
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Such a lovely thought, Minxie. Thank you.

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