I’m approaching my seventh Valentine’s Day with my man and I was just reminiscing on how the holiday has gone through many transformations over the years. In fact, I was just driving by the many stores in my neighborhood gearing up for the Hallmark holiday—the coffee shop is selling some special lover’s latte and the lingerie stores have in all the pink and red lacey stuff—and I was feeling sorry for the poor suckers who get dragged into it all. Don’t get me wrong: my man and I celebrate Valentine’s Day. But, we don’t put as much importance on it as we used to because, well, every day is special to us now. We show our love in less glamorous but certainly meaningful ways every day. We don’t really need to go all out just one day of the year, since we are there for each other 365 days of the year. Here is how Valentine’s Day looks in new versus old relationships.
New: Lots of presents
In a new relationship, you break the bank on V-Day. There will be jewelry. There will be tickets to an expensive concert. There will be lingerie. There will be candy. You work extra hours to pay for it.