Everything is bigger in Texas – even Valentine’s Day. In fact, it’s huge here. The commercials over the past month have bombarded us with romantic getaways and trips, flowers, personalized candy, lingerie… and, of course, jewelry. Oh, do I hate those jewelry commercials here in Texas around any kind of festivity. They always, always have the same theme: if your wife, girlfriend, mother, sister, daughter means anything to you, you will buy her a necklace, bracelet, ear rings, ring, etc. How else will she know that you love her? Don’t get me wrong, I like jewelry just as much as the next girl, but I think there are way more important things than jewelry in a relationship. Anyways, the poor guys here really get it on Valentine’s Day. They are expected to buy a gift, flowers, chocolate and a card. They also better take their girlfriend or wife out for an expensive dinner. Marco and I’ve tried to go out for dinner here on Valentine’s Day… the lines are crazy long…. except for maybe at the Indian – which we incidentally really like, so no problem here 🙂
I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing, but Valentine’s Day is just not a big deal to me. Never has been. I think there are other days in a couple’s life that are so much more important – like your anniversary for example. No, Marco and I don’t ignore Valentine’s completely, but a dinner is as far as we go. Could be at home or at a restaurant. Sometimes we’ve gone to the movies or the drive-in I think.
Growing up in Germany, Valentine’s Day was not a big deal. I wonder if that has changed by now… what do you expats living in Germany say? Is it as big as in Texas by now as well? Up until maybe seven years ago, there were a few commercials about it, flowers and chocolate on display, but not really a month ahead of time, and not really that big either. Guys were not expected to buy jewelry or expensive gifts. And there were for sure no heart-shaped arts and crafts all over kindergarten and school when I was growing up. They really start pushing it early here in Texas. Even kids give each other Valentine’s Day gifts and cards. I remember sort of chuckling about American high school movies where teenagers were sending candy hearts to each other in between classes…
Last night I went grocery shopping at Walmart and it was insane. Valentine’s Day specials were everywhere: greeting cards, flowers, chocolate, balloons, cupcakes, and cookies – preferably in pink or red and heart-shaped. The store was as packed as I’ve only seen it before Thanksgiving or Christmas. And almost everybody was buying Valentine’s Day stuff! Everybody! The young nurse in front of me had her half her cart filled with Valentine’s Day candy. And there were two bad-ass looking Hispanic dudes who were using the quick check-out lane holding heart-shaped balloons filled with helium. I really did wanna take a picture for you, but I was kind of scared, so I didn’t 🙂
Is Valentine’s Day big where you are?
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