Guest Post by Great Dates Orlando

This is a wonderful guest post written by a dear friend, Kristin Manieri AKA “The Date Diva.” Kristin is a freelance writer and published author of Great Dates Orlando: a one stop shop of fun, play and food in the Orlando area. I thought this post was fitting to the “Trading Red Roses For Red Meat” occasion coming up on February 14th…  Please enjoy.

A Valentine’s Day Rant

I’m going to let you in on a little secret about me… I am totally ‘bah humbug’ about what most people consider to be one of the most romantic days of the year.

Surprised that someone who constantly touts the benefits of romance and quality time would be so jaded? Excuse my French but Valentine’s Day, in my opinion, is a crock of sh*t.

It’s become a day, hijacked by marketers, that guilts you into spending money on and time with your significant other because not doing so would make you a jerk.

Guess what? Opting out of Valentine’s Day does not make you a jerk… but not having a regular date night throughout the year surely does.

There are a lot of really great things happening around the city over the next week and by all means, do as many as you can. Marc and I are going to Nude Nite on Saturday. If we weren’t going there, we’d surely be going to Harbor Night Romantico at the Portofino Bay Hotel. There’s a free Michael Andrew’s concert happening this Sunday in Park Avenue that’s sure to be stellar. Enzian has created a great event themed around the epic romance An Affair to Remember. All kinds of restaurants have planned special Valentine’s Day menus.

By all means… I encourage you to get out on the town and celebrate.

But then do it again the week after… and the week after that… and the week after that.

What makes Valentine’s Day so lame is that for so many people it stands as the only day ALL YEAR when they really put any effort into their love life. And we wonder why the divorce rate is skyrocketing!

A University of Virginia study finally revealed what I have been trying to tell people for years… that couples who devote time to one another at least once a week are more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates.

So, here is my request: use February 14th as the beginning of a renewed commitment to a regular date night. Read this blog frequently for ideas. Follow me on Twitter for a least 25 more date night ideas each week. And join the conversation on my Facebook page where I you’ll not only get a few more ideas but I hope you’ll share some of your own as well. You might even win a pair of concert tickets or a free dinner.

Put as much effort into your love life as you did when you first met and it will start to feel like it did then too. I promise.

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