Valentine’s Day. It’s certainly a polarizing holiday. Don’t you think? People who are in love adore it. People in broken relationships abhor it. And kids love it because it’s a chance to exchange cards and goodies with their friends at school.
One of my fondest school memories was making those shoebox valentine mailboxes. Do you remember those? I had so much fun cutting out hearts and pasting them on the boxes. Of course finishing the whole thing off with a generous dusting of glitter. Everything is better with glitter.
Then on the big day, we’d walk around stuffing our valentines into our friend’s boxes. Back then the valentines were simple. No candy attached. No necklaces. No pencils. Just a simple folded piece of paper with a sticker sealing it shut.
Almost as exciting as the exchange was the class party. One big sugar fest of yumminess. Cupcakes, pretzels, chips. Nary a fruit platter or veggies tray in sight.
Different times for sure.
Nowadays there are restrictions in the schools about what foods can be brought in and shared. Some classrooms prohibit any treats at all which means that children can only send in cards and trinkets. The holiday sort of loses something without the heart shaped cookies and treats. Am I the only one who feels this way?
But here’s the greater thing, what used to be an affordable holiday has turned into a more expensive affair.
As I watched my daughters spill out their loot when they got home, I saw necklaces, rings and other trinkets. And if you keep in mind that each child has to bring in enough gifts/valentines for every child in the class, you are talking a much more expensive venture than the folded up pieces of paper from our day.
So, here’s what I want to talk about today. What did your child bring in as valentines? A simple card or something more elaborate. Does your school allow kids to exchange treats with their cards? Did your child have a class party with goodies or is that prohibited in your school?
Am I the only one who thinks that Valentine’s Day has gotten far too politically correct and complicated?
I know that’s a lot to ask for in a comment. So, comment on whatever. I just want to gauge what’s going on around the country and how you feel about this topic.