First of all, a shedload of money. According to one estimate, the UK spends around £1bn a year on gifts and going out on Valentine’s Day.
You could be forgiven for thinking that St Valentine is the patron saint of the gullible. But here are a few other things this day is for.
1 A chance to show someone you’re interested, without giving too much away. Sending a valentine is like saying you love someone then putting a smiley at the end to show you didn’t really mean it 😉
But choose your message wisely, especially if you think size matters. This is what it said on the back of one such card.
2 A time for charities to remind you that few things are as loveable as a ball of fluff or a cold wet nose. And that there are other ways to spend your money than on long-stemmed red roses and other such fripperies.
Here’s a cute little video from the Mayhew Animal Home, which regular readers of this blog will have seen mentioned before.
3 A dance in the village hall plastered with red hearts, like the one I went to last night. Not just a disco, but also live music, a quiz, and endless helpings of chili con carne, all bound to warm the cockles of your heart on a cold winter’s night. The scene is replicated in village halls all over the land, where raffles and dad dancing take place. Whether it’s to raise funds for upkeep of the rec, or to support some local club, it’s the community getting together in a good cause.
Perhaps that should be the true meaning of Valentine’s Day.