If you’re anything like our household – the “fad or heartfelt” debate about Valentine’s Day has been rumbling for years. Half of us loves holidays and would celebrate ‘International Talk like a pirate day’ given the chance. The art of getting people together, the theme, the food, the music. It all brings joy. The other half believes Valentine’s Day encourages people to buy stuff they don’t need and over-pay for an underwhelming meal in an over-crowded restaurant.
So which is it?
The latter could be right – psychologists share that the increased pressure to be seen to be ‘in love’ around this holiday can have a negative impact on relationships. At the same time leave single people feeling lonely. It’s an environmental issue too, from the carbon emission linked to producing and transporting flowers, food waste and ill-thought through gifts. Valentine's Day produces an extra nine millions kilograms of CO2 in the UK alone.
However, done consciously Valentines day can be a time to show extra love and appreciation. A heartfelt gesture for a friend who is having a tough time, or a timely reminder to switch up the conversation topics with your other half - away from bills, chores and who’s more tired.
Here at Clementine, we have a “cake and eat it” type approach to most things. It’s all about balance – how do we celebrate love mindfully? Here are some ideas that could apply to your partner, bestie or the whole gang:
1. When they zig – you zag.
If food is your thing, why not make a reservation the week before – when the long January is behind you and you’ll get your pick of the tables. Choose a restaurant that’s known for sourcing high quality, locally sourced ingredients. If you’re still recovering from blowing your Christmas budget why not host a supper and get your friends to each prepare a course?
2. Give the Gift of Green
Show your love for the planet by giving the gift of sustainability. Plant a tree together, adopt a rescued animal, or donate to environmental causes in honour of your loved one. Why not volunteer together? Not only will you be spreading love, but you'll also be making a positive impact on the planet and future generations.
3. Gifts from the heart
Note - there isn’t the word DIY here! Unless of course you have an amazing creative skill – these gifts are best left to the experts. Source thoughtful, handmade and personalised gifts for your loved ones. The emphasis here is on thoughtful, not expensive. Think about what they need, what they use, what they deserve but might not buy for themselves and what could last a lifetime. May we suggest ethicalsuperstore.com; ETSY and notonthehighstreet.com.
I'm sure this debate will continue to rumble in our household - whichever side you fall on - cynicism or the romance, it's essential to remember the impact our choices can have. This Valentine's Day, let's celebrate in a way that not only honours our relationships but also respects our planet.
Pirate themed Palentine's night meze anyone?
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