Will you Be My Valentine: The "Hallmark Holiday"
As I sit here scheduling things in my planner I realized that Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Valentine's Day, or as I like to call it the "Hallmark Holiday" is either loved or hated. I truthfully have never really liked it. I'm not a huge fan. My husband and I have never really celebrated it, other than our first year together, many moons ago. I'm not the the type of girl who loves getting bouquets of flowers. I see the romance in the gesture but it's just not me. To me who looks at things on the practical side, sees it as a waste of money. You are paying for flowers that are going to 1) make me sneeze, and 2) die in week. Gee Thanks I get watch these flowers die as a sign of your affection for me? No Thanks. Besides, why do we need a specific holiday to tell someone we love them. Can't we just do that any old day of the week? Some may call me cynical, but that's just who I am.
In the past, I never really decorated for Valentine's Day. My mother started decorating as I got older. I do remember that my mother would always get us kids a little something for Valentines. It was usually a small box of chocolates and a necklace or earrings and I loved it. Once I had kids of my own, I wanted to start doing the same. I didn't always get the kids a little something, but now I do and now we decorate for it, and have a special dinner that night. We celebrate "Love" together as a family. Now Because I am practical, I don't want to spend a fortune on decorations. Did you know that second to Christmas Valentine's day is the most spent on holiday. Sparkling wine, chocolates, and flowers are sold in copious amounts. So in comes the Dollar store. They have some pretty cute decorations and small trinkets. I also love handmade ornaments and decorations, so I have been scouring Pinterest and found some simple ideas to decorate the home for Valentines.
You're probably asking "If I'm such "skeptic" why would I put the effort in"? Well the answer is simple, my kids. My oldest son gets excited about it. He asked me once when he was quite young why I didn't decorate for it. I didn't have an answer other than I didn't like Valentines. He said it would be nice if I did. Just because I didn't like it, shouldn't mean he doesn't get to enjoy it. So in comes the decor and Valentines.
I wasn't always like this, I do remember being excited as a kid to hand out my Valentine's to the class, I loved coming home with my paper bag filled with Valentine's and pouring over them. I kept some of them in a memory box and still have some of them to this day. My son does the same when he gets home from school. He is so excited about it.
The past 2 years we have made our valentines, forget those mass produced kind (insert eye roll here) thank you to mother's upping the game everywhere by making handmade over the top Valentine's. I'm usually not one to be keeping up with the Jone's, but my mother is the Queen of Crafting, and thanks to Pinterest and it's black-hole of endless ideas, this is the new Norm. (It does cut down on the copious amounts of sugary treats that get sent home. Most times my kid can't eat due to allergies anyways) My kid does enjoy putting them together and handing them out. I even made valentines for my youngest son's friends at Playgroup last year. (Apple sauce squeeze packs with a label on them)
Stay tuned Next Week for DIY Valentine's Decor and Handmade Valentine's Ideas
Writing this post lead me to google the origins of Valentine's Day. If you want a little background on the History of Valentine's Day 1. This little video sums it up.
Do you Celebrate Valentine's Day?