Over the years Valentine's Day has meant different things to me.
Of course as a child, it meant crafts at school, choosing and filling out those little cards to give to classmates and teachers, and lots of conversation hearts.
Throughout our childhood my parents always had candy and a little gift waiting for us when we woke up on Valentine's Day. One year they came out with SweetTart Hearts and I became obsessed! I'm pretty sure my mom bought them for me straight through college.
When I was in college, my cousin Paige was born on Valentine's Day, so then it became a day to attend her birthday party!
As I got older I kind of lost interest in the "holiday" and it became either a reminder of being single, a high pressure situation if you weren't, and then I started to feel like it was overdone and over commercialized. What used to be a simple, fun day to show others you care turned into a Pinterest contest.
When I was teaching 4th grade I enjoyed bringing in cards and treats for my students and doing some of the same crafts I did as a child. (think doilies!!) They would pass out cards to each other and we'd watch "Be My Valentine Charlie Brown". One year I decided to make crayon hearts for my class. Of course I saw the project on Pinterest. The idea was to take old crayons, melt them down, pour them into silicone heart pans, then chill them and they will harden into crayons. Well, let's just say our house smelled for days, it took WAY longer than I thought, and I ended up relocating the project to my parents' house so my mom could help me finish it. The kids loved them and they came out pretty cool looking. But I did get a lesson in my crafting skills. Never again, haha!
I still record and watch "Be My Valentine Charlie Brown". And I enjoy celebrating with the little ones in my life. I take the boys I nanny for out for a treat. I always send a Valentine gift to my niece in MA. However, my husband and I don't buy each other anything. We'd rather spend the money on doing something fun and spending time together.
This year I will attend a Galentine's Day event on February 13th. I am going to a flower arranging class with some friends and fellow local creatives. I'm looking forward to trying something different!
So, how about you? How will you spend February 14, 2020? How do you feel about Valentine's Day? I'd love to hear your thoughts, memories, or celebrations!
Cell phone photo of the crayon hearts!