{Our Thoughts} on Valentine's Day

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Over the last couple of weeks we've received lots of emails from readers asking about our plans for Valentine's Day. Would you be disappointed if we told you that we're pretty Switzerland about it? As much as we appreciate having a national holiday dedicated to celebrating those you love, we feel like this is something we should be doing every day, not just once a year. That said, we still try and find simple ways to make Valentine's Day special.


Last year we celebrated by making Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon and Queen of Sheba chocolate cake. Both were melt in your mouth delicious!


This year we plan on making another homemade feast, followed by the exchange of a few gifts, and a movie at the Loerke Drive-In Theater. In our opinion, the simpler the better! (But this comes from a man who lives in scrubs and his wife who just recently learned how to put on mascara).

How do you plan on celebrating Valentine's Day? Any special traditions you've started?

23 comments:

Ingrid @ thesunnyside.me said...

we roll the same way. when you love to cook and love being home together - the best gift you cane give each other is doing just that. it's all about the little details and putting lots of love in to whatever your doing.

The Coons Family said...

I would SO rather stay in for Valentine's as well. My two favorite Valentine's to date: 2003 when my husband proposed to me on a very snowy day in Sweden and 2008: our first valentine's day with our son. This was our first v-day to stay in. My hubby made dinner, we had wine, and we danced with our baby boy in the kitchen. I'll never forget it. Set the tone for staying in every year. :)

Ashley said...

I agree! Home is a much better place to be. Our Valentine's day plans include work during the day (both of us) followed by spin class (me) and school (him) at night. But we do plan on spending Sunday night in, eating Pioneer Woman's steak au poivre with some really good wine and watching a movie sacked out on the couch. No phones or computers allowed!

e.nachtigal said...

This will be the first Valentine's Day that my boyfriend and I won't be able to actually spend together, Him at USAFA and me at the Univ. of MN. But we have plans to watch the same movie and skype at the same time. I guess it will kind of be like watching it together. :)

Megan (Running Foodie) said...

We are getting massages on Sunday and just hanging out/staying in on Monday. I might make something a little nicer for dinner, but it's really just about being together :)

Anonymous said...

We are very simple, too. We cherish our alone time since we don't get it too often with 4 and 5 year-olds running underneath our feet, so we are sending the kids to parent's night out and heading out to dinner at a new (to us) restaurant. No presents...just time!!

mymcmlife said...

We intentionally don't celebrate it because, like you said we believe that expressing our love to each other everyday is important, but also because we're rebelling against the commercial aspects of the holiday and the undue pressure and expectations it puts on people in loving relationships. We go on date nights almost every week. As far as flowers, chocolates and gifts go- I love those things too, but I love to be surprised on random days and sometimes I just buy them for myself. :)

Amanda said...

We haven't really planned much. Its a week night and we have a four-year-old at home. I got James two small gifts and I am sure we will maybe make something nicer for dinner Sunday night (a kid-free one). I'm not huge on over-doing Valentine's or any holiday for that matter. I'm just glad he's with us.

girlseeksplace said...

I plan on ignoring the day entirely. I am, yet again, single. And I am okay with that, except on the mushiest day of the year.

courtney7880 said...

I have an 11 year old step-son and we try to do something every year that includes him. The first Valentines Day we were married, the little one bought me a bear with the year on the foot...and told me that this way we could remember the first Valentines Day that we were a family. Melts the heart.... We will make a nice dinner and serve it on Valentine's dishes...but he is a part of our life together and we love on him too! We also, following my pastor's wifes lead, went to Target and got some mailboxes from the dollar spot. We each have one, that we plan on leaving up year round, and we leave each other valentines or notes of encouragement/affirmation, depending on what that person has going on that day. If your flag is up, you've got mail. We have all three loved doing this...there is nothing better than home delivered snail mail!!! (Sorry for the really long comment, but I couldn't help myself! I love finding/reading about new ways to celebrate not just on the 14th, but the rest of the year too!)

thebrokenbohemian said...

My husband of 10 years always makes me some sort of homemade card. This is a little out of his nature and that makes it even more special, and something I look forward to every year.

Renee said...

I'm totally hormonal this year (nursing a 3-month-old will do that)... so I've just read through the comments with tears running down my cheeks! Dancing in the kitchen with the baby!?! We'll be staying in with the 2-yr-old and 3-month-old and I'll probably plan a special menu. I think I'll dig through some old letters between the two of us (circa the dating years) and frame one or two of them with frames we already have on hand.

Morgan said...

Since it's pretty much impossible to find a babysitter on Valentine's Day we'll go out to dinner, just the two of us, later in the week.

For the actual day we'll have a special feast at home celebrating love with our four precious kids.

Darby said...

We're probably just going to put some money away for our anniversary trip. ;)

jordyn said...

that sounds fun! my husband and i plan on heading to atlanta for the day, eating lunch an amazing french bakery, hitting up the international farmers market where he will buy all the things he needs to bring back home and cook me a delicious meal. :) it's our first married valentines day. we're pretty excited.

Chelsea said...

I am going to cook a special dinner for my boyfriend and then we will probably just watch a mushy romantic comedy on netflix! sounds like a perfect night to me. We decided to forego the traditional valentines flowers and candy gifts this year. We bought each other subscriptions to our favorite magazines instead.

Shandell said...

we always stay at home, I can't stand the crowds on holidays like this. Sometimes we watch a movie or make a special dinner, other times it's just an ordinary day. Not sure what we'll do this year!

Chelsea said...

Very cool and sweet post!

Jamie said...

Love your Valentine plans! The hubby and I have been married five years next month and our first "married valentines" we stayed home and made breakfast for dinner. We ate in bed with a movie. We've done it every year since and wouldn't have it any other way!

V-Dub said...

My hubs likes to send me flowers at work for Val Day so that it will embarrass me in front of my students. We sometimes cook together or exchange really silly cards. This year, we're double-dating with another couple at their house, and we'll get to cook with them! Thanks for sharing your celebratory ways! :)

Teresa said...

Valentines Day is easy in our house...it's my husband's birthday, and so its all about him.

He didn't grow up exchanging gifts or celebrating holidays, so we keep it simple.

Each year I make him a heart shaped carrot cake for his birthday. Last year we went snowshoeing in the Japanese Alps. This year will be more low key.

Melissa said...

We've been married for 15 years and we celebrate Valentine's Day. We try to do date night every week, and of course it's all about the big and little ways a couple loves each other every day. I'm of the mind that celebrating this holiday doesn't take away from that at all. Our tradition~ We spend the day in our jammers with our daughters and grand girl, watch movies, make a special dinner and play board games. ;)

XO

Not Hip Enough To Blog said...

Hey EM - I just wrote a similar post - living out love on valentines day. Love that we have a similar mindset. Have a great day celebrating with your main man.

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