You don't have to dress to the nines and head off to a fancy restaurant to celebrate Valentine’s Day. A lot of wonderful things can be done in the cozy comfort of your home. I seldom go out on Valentine’s night and these are the reasons why:
All hell breaks loose as every street and road is awash with vehicles in different sizes and colors. It takes so much time to get from home to the mall, where there is alfresco dining. Road traffic is crazy, not to mention the possibility of vehicular accidents that will slow down the flow of traffic. It's a very stressful situation. Not a very nice feeling on the day that you're supposed to celebrate love.
2 Everyone's out
It's noisy. Even when you're in a fancy restaurant, expect the need to raise your voice beyond normal speaking level so your date can hear you. Not very romantic unless your idea of a romantic dinner involves screaming at each other and repeating what you said more than three times. If you're commuting, brace yourself for long taxi lines that will have you waiting for hours and hours. If you still want to go out on Valentine’s night, keep these scenarios in mind.
3 Expensive Dinners
The price of a set meal goes overboard and before you even know it, you walk out of the restaurant with only 10 dollars in your wallet. If you can afford it and you really think you should do it, then go ahead. Otherwise, skip the fancy table setting and just head to Burger King. Better yet, enjoy homemade burgers with extra slices of cheese.
4 Home Cooked Meals
Ah, the wonders of home baked muffins and brownies. Or spaghetti sauce and homemade meatballs prepared with the freshest ingredients and the loving effort of your Mom or your husband. This is a whole lot better than a plated meal that only waves its hand at your monthly pay and then proceeds to empty your already broke bank account.
5 Movie Marathon
It's free and you don't have to compete with other movie goers for a seat in the cinema. Microwave some popcorn, take out those DVDs (mushy or scary), turn off those lights and press the play button. Enjoy! The best thing is you don't need to worry about traffic or going home late.
6 Backyard Dining
I believe that the reason why many of us associate ourselves with certain brands and restaurants is because we feel a personal connection with them. There is a slice of home or yourself in these places. Backyard dining, especially if you have a garden, is a great way to skip the maddening crowd and celebrate Valentine’s Day in the comforts of your backyard. Candlelit dinner is possible. No need for reservations. Just a fervent prayer that it doesn't rain should you plan your dinner under the beautiful moon and stars.
7 Family Love
If you're single, don't get depressed because all of your friends already plan to go out to watch 50 Shades of Grey with their respective lovers. (Apart from Valentine's Day, that movie based on the book is another overrated creation). Think that February 14 is also a day to celebrate with family. Your parents and siblings are people who will accept you no matter how much you screw up.