I know it's over-commercialized.
I know some think it was invented to make Hallmark rich.
But I love Valentine's day.
Despite the arguments milling about in my head and among the dis-believers in the holiday.
I think it's because I love loving. Therefore I like the idea of having a special day to celebrate that emotion. I like having a day every year to say, "I love you!" in over-the-top sorts of ways. The every-day "I love yous" are essential and endearing and I fully believe in the necessity of unexpected, impromptu loving gestures. But Valentine's Day offers an occasion to celebrate love in a different way.
Not more important or as a replacement to the every day things we do.
Just a fun addition to our routine.
A mark on the calender that gives us the cue to get our love-jam on.
Besides, without aisles of Valentine's Day "booty" what would we do when we wanted to throw a love-themed party? And you never know how aften a girl like me might wanna do that!
And as I am me...
I bit of a rather large chunk of things to do in preparation of Valentine's Day.
Tuxedo marshmallow-pops (made with heart-shaped marshmallows) to be given with T-boy's Valentine's.
Marshmallow pops to go with Bee's Valentines.
Here they are, all wrapped-up and pretty.
Mini loaves of banana bread for some special school staffers.
Love-bug cupcakes for T-boy's class party.
And on this same day our Jr. Women's Club meeting was scheduled to have our book discussion on Suzanne Collins' book The Hunger Games. So I made Oreo truffles to celebrate a book I really enjoyed reading. A good book and a truffle... yum!
And lastly, two mini Valentine gift-bag albums for Bee and T-boy's teachers. They are made the same way as the Christmas gift-bag albums and the Valentine gift-bag album I made for Mr. Loggerhead just with mini gift-bags.
And I loved it all... planning it, making everything and watching each set of recipients enjoy the treats of the day.
I went to bed happy that night feeling like I had amply showered "Love Day" with love...
And just a bit of sugar.