Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chocolate Covered Gummy Things

by Kris Pitcher

We are mere days away from the most romantic of holidays, Valentine's Day. Walking through the isles of the stores you'd think a UFO touched down and let out a load of plush what-nots in various hues of pink to red. Flanked by boxes and boxes of chocolates and chocolate covered gummy's endless. Many will be celebrating this day devoted to love this weekend, so I thought we better plan ahead.

Consumerism grips you as you aimlessly look for the perfect gift. Does your loved one need a two foot red plush heart with outstretched hands that says, "I Love You"? Or boxer shorts with lips on them? This is one of those times I am relieved to be in a "no gift exchange" agreement. I realize it's not customary, but it works for us.

But how will you celebrate and spend time together that isn't focused around the candy and the overpriced just OK dinner out? Are there gifts you can give which aren't centered around the giant box of candy? It's something to at least consider. Thinking ahead will help you create a plan you can stick to...while sticking to your plan.

Whether you create a memorable evening at home and prepare a delicious dinner, or cozy up for an afternoon movie uninterrupted, plan some time together. Take a walk, go skiing, or have a picnic on the living room floor in front of the fire. Unplug, quit texting and tune in. Consider celebrating romance in new ways...leave those chocolate covered gummy things for someone else. With love, you don't need all that.

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