Celebrating Valentine’s Day

by Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) on February 15, 2013 · 16 comments

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Since I’m a romantic at heart, I love Valentine’s Day.    I’ve had to learn to compromise, however, since the hubby’s not really romantic and is not one to make a big deal out of holidays.  Except birthdays.  He says that’s the one day that needs to be the most special, since it’s the most special day. 

Valentine’s Day, on the other hand, he’s not a fan of, because he feels like it’s just a giant Hallmark Holiday where restaurants and florists jack up the prices and make you feel guilty if you don’t follow the trend to prove your love.  We should be proving our love on a daily basis, not on one mandated day per year.  On that I do agree with him, but I still like the romanticism of Valentine’s Day.

Princess Nagger has inherited the romantic gene from me – she loves Valentine’s Day, had a great time exchanging Valentine’s Day cards with her classmates and squealed over the fun Valentine’s gifts I picked up for her – not to mention her allotment of chocolate.  She’s a chocoholic just like her daddy.  

Over the years hubby the has learned to compromise and embrace his romantic side and ‘give in’, as it were, with us two romantic girls.  We still don’t make it a big deal – no major fuss and we definitely avoid going out to eat at a restaurant for Valentine’s Dinner because of the jacked up prices and the excessive crowds of people that do go out to eat on that heart-filled night. 

The hubby does at least want to give me a break from the night of cooking, so we usually order from our favorite family owned Italian restaurant for the hubby to pick up and enjoy here in the comfort of our own home.  Since we don’t exchange gifts and cards until after dinner, I have no idea at the writing of this post what thoughtful gift the hubby picked out for me – you’ll have to wait until next week to find out. 

Which brings me to this weeks question(s):

What did you do for Valentine’s Day?  Do make a big deal and go all out?  Go out to dinner or have dinner at home?

Have a great weekend!

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1 Diane February 15, 2013 at 7:56 am

Stopping by from the Aloha hop! We went out to the steakhouse for Lunch the day before Valentines Day this year because I was working a 12 hour shift yesterday!
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2 Rosie February 15, 2013 at 9:43 am

Hello! Found you on the Aloha Fridays blog hop! My bf and I stayed in a cook steaks… sounds like you had a nice time too! I love your header and subtitle, by the way, so classy and creative! I’m your newest follower! Stop by The Frugal Freshman Homemaker sometime if you’d like…
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3 Jan's Sushi Bar February 15, 2013 at 9:49 am

We had dinner reservations, but I just didn’t feel like going out and battling crowds. So we stayed home and ate meatloaf for dinner. LOL And watched 3 episodes of Breaking Bad on Netflix with The Young One and his best buddy. It was actually much more fun than going out to eat.
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4 Rosey February 15, 2013 at 10:08 am

We went out to eat early. We only waited twenty minutes, when we left the wait was up to two hours!

Hope your day was awesome. :)
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5 Lauryn February 15, 2013 at 10:13 am

We had a “fancy dinner” at home. Put a tablecloth on the table (whoa!), used our fine china (has only been used once before), lit a candle, listened to a record, and enjoyed hamburgers and veggies for dinner:) Perfect!
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6 VandyJ February 15, 2013 at 10:17 am

We are cooking at home tonight. My mom got us all chocolate treats–kind of like having the chocolate fairy visit–there was all this chocolate waiting for us when we got home.
We are having Surf and Turf tonight. WE sent each other an ecard and that was about it. Since our anniversary of out first date is the end of the month, we tend to celebrate that instead. 20 years this year.
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7 Jessica February 15, 2013 at 10:19 am

We have a tradition of breakfast for dinner on Valentine’s Day. Yesterday was pancakes!
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8 Debby Pucci February 15, 2013 at 11:17 am

My husband is not a romantic either but he will send me flowers and give me a card. He will take me out but not on the day, he hates crowds. We were going to go out to eat on Tuesday but I was sick so we will go this weekend. I made some PB M&M brownies and ordered a pizza. We had wine and ate by candlelight. Then we watched a movie. It was actually a wonderful evening.
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9 Lindsay February 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm

My husband sounds just like yours, and I tend to agree with them…I think it’s a waste of money to pay special “Valentine’s Day” prix fixe prices at a restaurant or pay double the cost for a flower delivery. I am happy with him getting me a bouquet of flowers from Produce Junction (which he said he is planning to do this weekend). We exchanged cards yesterday, and he got me a gift certificate for a pedicure. That was about it!
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10 Jennifer February 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Well, the first half of Valentine’s Day was great. The second half of V Day was not (I wrote about it in today’s post). But it’s okay, because we weren’t planning on celebrating V Day until tonight! Hooray! But I missed out on eating chocolates yesterday because I lost my appetite. Boo! But only in the evening time, of course… Yaaaay! ;-) Does this comment even make sense? LOL! Happy Friday, Stacy!
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11 xmasdolly February 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

We exchanged cards. I made a special dinner at home, and we had some wine and exchanged cards & we were nice & warm & didn’t have to figure out the 20% tip! lol Have a great weekend.
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12 Janette February 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I love Valentine’s Day and try to build it up as much as possible– I plan it a month in advance but my husband is much like yours and doesn’t really give a flip about it but I have asked him to try, so for that I give credit.. Hope it was a great one! :)
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13 Barb from A Life in February 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

My dh coordinated cards from all 5 kids and himself whereas I only gave him one. I did set the table with the good china and made a gooey chocolate dessert.
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14 Emily February 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Last week I wrote a post about why I won’t dine out on Valentine’s Day! I’m in your husband’s corner when it comes to celebrating. We stayed home, I made chicken tenders (homemade) and onion rings. So glamorous, eh?!
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15 What Jean Likes February 18, 2013 at 5:19 am

Linked up!! Thank you for hosting Thank you so much for linking up with the Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I am already following you! Have a lovely week!! :)

Aloha,

Jean {What Jean Likes}
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16 Shohel Sabbir March 25, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I’ve followed the “what’s hot” bandwagon far too many times not to agree with you. It is much better to become an authority on what you know than trying to follow what is hot at the time. Be the best at what you are good at, maybe take on a project or two, but keep your focus. Am I right? Thanks Anyway.
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