When we were down in Bremerton for Adam's hockey tournament, I made a quick stop at a Jo-Ann's fabric and craft store. Of course there was all sorts of seasonal stuff out next to the Christmas clearance section. A young woman and her mother walked by and she said in a very loud voice, "I HATE Valentines Day." It made me sad and it made me think.
I can appreciate the opinion that Valentines Day is just a Hallmark holiday and that it is a marketing scheme for retailers, chocolate companies and florists to pick up some sales during the post-Christmas blahs.
I think it is a lovely little holiday for children to celebrate friendships at school and to consider others' feelings and I appreciate that teachers now make sure that all children receive Valentines cards if they are doing a card exchange at school. At the school I am at this year, there are many students that are Jehovah Witnesses so I am wondering how the teachers manage being inclusive in this situation.
Although I agree that we should let those that we love know how we feel about them all year round, I like having a special occasion to make a point of creating something special for Neil and the boys. I usually make some sort of special mini-book or card with special messages about my love for them. I also usually make something small for friends and those I work with. Projects from 2009 are blogged about HERE. I am a giver and will embrace all sorts of reasons to let others know what they mean to me. Last year, I posted some of our 2010 Valentines Day ideas HERE. This year, I am taking part in a little CK crafty blog hop on February 11 and 12. It will be starting HERE on Amanda's blog. I'm not sure what I'll be sharing yet but I have a few ideas percolating ;)