You always hear about how people DON’T love celebrating Valentine’s Day. I want to share with you why we love celebrating it and why I personally think it’s a misunderstood holiday.
During this time of year, I’m always hearing people talk about how much they hate Valentine’s day. How awful that there is a holiday centered around gifts and how they don’t need a special day to recognize their significant other. I am actually a person who loves Valentine’s Day and I always have. You can probably make a connection to my love of pink or love of candy, but it goes much deeper than that.
Growing up, Valentine’s Day was a day that my mom would bring us a fun lunch at school. Some years that lunch would be accompanied by a balloon where as others it was a stuffed animal. When we got home from school, we would have a fun themed dinner where we would go around the table and express what we appreciated about each other. This holiday was centered around making each other feel special and loved in the way that meant the most to that person. It wasn’t about getting the biggest gift or the most extravagant day. Rather, it was a day of appreciation for each other and the life we have lived together.
Jason and I choose to see this day as a tradition versus an expectation. A tradition of celebrating what we love about each other and how much the years together mean to us.
This year has been about cherishing each moment, whether it be a perfect moment or a moment where we realize just how blessed we are to be able to go through this crazy life together. After the wedding day, there are times that can be hard. These times can grow you or break you. Jason and I have slowly begun to allow these times of struggles to bring us closer together. Choosing symbols that can remind you of your love and commitment are so important to encourage each other.
For Valentine’s Day this year, we picked out this ring from Shane Company to exemplify this stage in our life. The infinity detail reminds me that Jason and I are together in this unpredictable journey called life. That no matter what hits us, we are unified. I am wearing this Shane Co ring on my right hand to remind me of the continued years of growth together from our commitment that my wedding ring exemplifies on my left hand (also a Shane Co ring set)!
Choosing a way to remember your commitment, relationship, friendship, and adoration for each other is a vital piece to a successful marriage. This is what Valentine’s Day is for Jason and I. Try and find a way to do this for each other. I wear this Shane Co ring as a daily reminder of what we choose to celebrate on Valentine’s Day. It may be a necklace or a pair of earrings that remind you of this in your relationship. THIS bracelet from their Cosmic Love Collection is beautiful! It’s an example of the stunning diversity of their pieces that will meet anyone’s needs.
Whatever piece you choose, make it a priority to be reminded through it.