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Old 01-21-2020, 12:40 AM   #21
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I don't celebrate holidays. Solves a lot of things that way.

I do support anything Halloween related.
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Old 01-21-2020, 05:24 AM   #22
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We usually spend the 4th of July holiday week camping with friends/family in our back yard, and cooking most meals over an open fire pit...usually 3-4 travel trailers in our barnyard.

We also burn our big bon-fire (tree trimmings/junk), and shoot our guns on our firing range in the back field.
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Old 01-21-2020, 05:39 AM   #23
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I love that you celebrate with your own wine.

Incidentally, if it costs you $8.00 to make a $40 bottle of wine, I wonder what it costs the winery to make the $10.00 bottle of wine we usually buy, and which would cost $50.00 in a restaurant or $15.00 per glass (even before the hotly-debated tip!)

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We celebrate life every day, with a home cooked meal and a $40+ bottle of wine that I made for under $8. If we do go out it's with gift cards that someone gave us. Any other celebrations, we BTD like Robbie!
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Old 01-21-2020, 07:08 AM   #24
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DW and I will spend IQT (Imaginative Quality Time) together to celebrate.
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Old 01-21-2020, 10:30 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by RobbieB View Post
Valentine's day is not a fake holiday, it goes back to 496 AD.

But more important, wifey (the romantic) loves it, so therefor we celebrate!

Happy wife...
It's the commercial part that fake..of course they can make almost every day of the year commercial it seems..
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Old 01-21-2020, 10:33 AM   #26
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For Valentines Day and anniversary:
If we want to spend less money: fix a nice dinner at home, watch tv together with a cozy fire in the fireplace, good conversation

If we want to spend more money: dinner out at a great restaurant, fun trip to the coast for a night or two.

We have not bought each other "gifts" in many years. We just bought what we wanted, within our budget.

Birthdays we usually have a nice family dinner out at a restaurant with the kids/grands.
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Old 01-21-2020, 11:29 AM   #27
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I’ll celebrate any day you want to call a holiday, such as Tuesday...

Doesn’t mean I’lll buy a “Tuesday Greeting Card”...
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Old 01-21-2020, 12:00 PM   #28
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Same as any other day to us. Birthdays, Xmas, VDay, Whatever. On DW Birthday I just do the washing up.

My favorite meals are all home cooked, no restaurant can compare, at least never has done to date after 33 years of marriage. Plus I have the best server money can buy; no attitude, does not think the world owes her a living and no worry about tipping either... (LOL)
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Old 01-21-2020, 03:32 PM   #29
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Moderation in all things. I don't mind spending some $ on DW a couple times a year - anniversary, birthday, Valentine's. We don't exchange gifts any more, but we still go out for a nice dinner or something reasonable. Why not? We may go out for a sail (no added spending), or a walk but I don't see a need to identify ways to celebrate without spending anything at all.
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Old 01-21-2020, 05:45 PM   #30
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Our favorite thing is having a house party with friends. It does cost money (groceries, alcohol) - but probably 1/4 the price per person and much nicer quality.

We use holidays as an excuse to actually go out (like we used to before kids) but it is always a week later
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Old 01-21-2020, 05:51 PM   #31
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For most anniversaries, valentines days, etc we just have a nice home cooked meal and focus the conversation on how we appreciate each other.... Sappy and corny - but it works for us.

We did splurge on a cruise for our 20th anniversary - but that's not typical....
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Old 01-21-2020, 07:42 PM   #32
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We used to go out for Valentine's Day, but now spend the day at home together.
We do celebrate Birthdays/Anniversaries by going out special, but usually no gifts.
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