AS SOON as Christmas was over, Easter eggs and Hot Cross buns were on the shelves. It didn't even take a week.
How ridiculous is that? Now time has flown and we are already in the month of February.
Each year, I reckon, they are just getting quicker with taking down all the bells and whistles of one holiday and then replacing them with the next.
February 14 is getting rather close.
Flowers and chocolates, teddies and cards have all been lining shelves two weeks prior to the celebration.
Valentine's Day has become one of the most money making celebrations through the year.
Is it to remind ourselves to treasure the ones we love, or just a scheme to make money?
Is there importance and meaning left on this day, or has it been destroyed by society and brainwashed consumers?
Shouldn't we be recognised, appreciated, smothered and loved each day in a relationship?
Where is the love in overpriced and expensive gifts?
I'm always stunned when you see cheaper flowers at the shops at closing time when they are trying to get rid of them.
These are the exact same flowers we'd see for three times the price on Valentine's Day.
They still have the same meaning and thought, just without the price tag.
Florists make large sums of money on these days, and it's probably their best business day of the year.
That's probably a good thing for their businesses considering other days may be slow and they may not make as much.
But so many people buy them on Valentine's Day, so many are bought that there are, basically, only twigs and a few off-cuts left at the end of the day, so some people may have no chance of getting flowers.
My dad made that mistake last year.
He forgot that it was Valentine's Day, as he was overloaded and busy at work and he asked me kindly to purchase some flowers.
I had no chance though, I went to every flower place possible, but there was nothing left.
I could not go home empty-handed.
Although my mum would be a bit devastated, but not that upset because they have been together forever and love each other a lot and has got a lifetime of flowers.
Be honest, what do you want for Valentine's Day?
This poll ended on 10 February 2014.
I want the most expensive gifts possible - spoil me! - 5%
I'm happy with dinner and a bunch of flowers - 0%
I'm not worried as long as my partner remembers the day - 7%
I'm happy with a hug - 12%
Something small is good enough for me - 3%
I don't need anything for Valentine's Day - 71%
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Luckily the last flower shop had some leftover pieces and I put together the smallest boquet and a love heart in middle.
It was the most simplest, beautiful flower boquet ever, mum loved it and basically cried.
To be guaranteed flowers, you have to pre-order them weeks in advance.
Love shouldn't be valued with money, or by how much you do or don't spend.
It's getting so out of hand that normal flowers won't just do it any more, and women are expecting:
- Designer perfume
- Designer make-up
- Day spa vouchers
I don't know how people with an average pay can afford this.
Love should be priceless and full of happiness and memories.
Yes, it's wonderful getting such gifts, but do we really need all those things to fulfill us?
I remember when I used to work in hospitality and it was the most busyworking day, so many couples came in to dine, the whole restaurant was totally booked out.
There were no tables left for the other dinners... at the end of the night, everything was pretty much empty apart from the tills, which were overflowing.
My Valentine's Day this year will consist of going the gym, a DVD and a treat of ice cream.
It's the simple things in life that make me happy, not the things that are expected on such a day.
Nadz is a 20-something Queensland girl who blogs about life, love, friendship