Valentine’s Day…does it even really matter?

I think not.  Maybe it’s because for the last 5 years with the economy and my husband and I cutting back on so many things, but I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day or Sweetest Day anymore.   Perhaps because the kids are all getting older that they just don’t find it as exciting as they used to and probably because the school parties have changed drastically over the last 10 years!   You can’t bring any homemade treats, can’t do anything food related, the school provides a juice box or water and a snack which has been a pre-packaged rice-crispy treat or something similar.  The moms get to plan a craft and a game.  Wow.  Don’t even get me started on how they celebrate Birthdays at school!  For the last few years my kids would come home and just be excited about getting candy…now they want you to send pencils or erasers or something weird like that.  Who wants a pencil?  We now have a hefty collection of pencils.  We don’t have to bring in anything special to collect valentines in because they usually make a decorated paper bag.  My youngest doesn’t even want to pass out Valentine’s this year! 🙁  It’s not that I want them to throw an elaborate Valentines day party…oh, excuse me, we call it a Friendship Party instead… I’m not even sure why they changed the name!  The only thing I am looking forward to this Valentine’s Day is spending it with my teenaged daughter and her friends {in addition to my husband, and two other little ones}.  I am making all the kids heart-shaped pizza’s and filling them up with homemade sweets and treats.   It will be low-key, just the way I like it.


How about you?  Are you a big Valentine’s day fan?  How do your kids celebrate the day at school?

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