Seven Day Countdown To Valentines Day

Esther Tendai Burt

My name is Esther. I was born and raised in Zimbabwe. I came to the UK, London to be specific in the year 2000. In 2005, I graduated as a psychiatric nurse at South Bank University. I moved down to Southampton in 2006. I did Journalism in 2011 and founded my own publication called DIY Girl magazine. Fast forward, I am now a full-time travel blogger.

Seven Day Countdown To Valentines Day

I’m sure you have heard of the traditional 7-day countdown to Valentine’s Day.

I always wonder if the above is done specifically on the 7-day countdown. What will happen when Valentine’s Day celebrations are over…??? Besides being too commercialised I think people end up missing the whole idea or purpose behind Valentines’ Day. Originally Valentines Day was called Saint Valentine’s Day or simply the Feast Day of the Saint Valentines. It was observed by people in many countries, and back then it was a Christians’ cultural celebration. People used to gather together to celebrate the love and affection of one another, therefore feasting large.

Today it’s been very commercialised and presented in a very reserved manner where many are made to believe Valentine’s Day is a celebration between two lovers, for example between a husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, fiancé and fiancée etc. And there is now this 7-day countdown.  It sounds exciting for many but I’m sure there are some laid-back people like me who don’t believe in the 7-day countdown but just want to treat each and every single day of the year like it’s Valentine’s Day.

I want hugs and kisses everyday. I don’t mind roses every week. Maybe have chocolate every month although I have to confess though. My husband has a very sweet tooth. Mark is very obsessed with chocolate. If Mark and I go out shopping or even just for a walk down the beach, chances are he will be tempted to pass by some shop and buy chocolate. So we are likely to end up having chocolate almost every week if not more when he is on his weakest. So for us, chocolate is not an annual thing as presented by the 7-day countdown.


I also have to admit that somehow, I contribute to the commercialised hype of Valentine’s Day. How come…? I often find myself buying presents for other people besides just my boyfriend, fiancé or husband depending on who will be in my life at the time. There are two other very important people in life namely my mum ad my sister (I hope my dad and brothers will not read this post). I don’t know but all the time I find myself picking up something even if I don’t really plan to for my mom and sis. Unconditional love I guess.

I want someone to express his affection everyday and not just reserve it for a certain day of the year. I also prefer to get my loved ones something they really need most at the time. It could be anything from big to small it doesn’t matter. I believe only the thought counts. So instead of the countdown, I will share with you what always comes into mind every time I hear Valentine’s Day:

Five Common Things Associated with Valentines Day


Roses are very much associated with romance and Valentine’s. Whenever I hear the word ‘ROSE’, to me it’s the colour that springs into my head and immediately curious about what are they for? I will leave that for my next post as trying to explain it here will underestimate the whole essence behind. So, for this blog’s sake I will just put roses as one of the most common things during this week. As for me, I just love anything called a rose as I find them very beautiful. They brighten up my mood just entering a house scattered with rose vases.




It’s another one that goes without saying. Funny enough I don’t see them as an annual gift. Last week I found myself buying this for Mark.


But since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I don’t mind something like this:


Yes, you always go out for dinner every day, every weekend or whichever applies in your life, but it would be great to go somewhere different and romantic for reminiscence’s sake.


This is usually common when if falls during the weekend. Who doesn’t like a getaway trip now and then?


I have heard of couple saying that they actually tell their other half what they need as a present. I find this very romantic as well especially if the stated present is desperately required. This will save one randomly buying a present that is not even going to be appreciated (which often happens).

3 Effects of Honouring the 7-day Countdown to Valentine’s

1) Imagine a relationship with no hugs and kisses all only to wait to be showered by hugs and kisses only once a year. My goodness. That will be a very starved relationship.

2) Imagine not enjoying chocolate on Christmas Day or Easter bunny rabbit chocolates etc in honour of 9th February. I think my husband will die.

3) Imagine a love life between two loved ones where roses don’t exist, saving it all for 7th of February.

Ha, ha, ha, I don’t even want to imagine that. My tummy is already churning just trying to think about it.

I wish you all a loving 7-day countdown to Valentine’s Day, filled with hugs and kisses everyday, and don’t forget chocolate now and then.

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