I have always been a hopeless romantic which makes Valentine’s Day one of my favourite festivities of the year.
As a child, Valentine’s day brought with it the joy of decorating a classroom pouch to hold all the cards I anticipated receiving from friends. I remember the trip out to the local store with Mom and getting to pick out the themed cards we would give out to friends. I remember sitting along side my sister G, picking and choosing which cards I’d give to which friends, saving a very special card for the boy I liked that year. I remember always wearing red or pink on V- Day just because it was the day of love. As a child, I was a hopeless romantic.
As a teenager, I remember dreading Valentine’s Day while still holding on to a drop of hope that I might just receive a long stemmed red rose from the love of my life when Student Council distributed the flowers on the day. I still wore red and I still carried the excitement and hope that anything could happen. As a teenager, I was a hopeless romantic.
As a single woman, Valentine’s Day brought more fun in that even if there wasn’t someone special to spend the day with, my girlfriends and I made sure to celebrate the day together. Single or not, I wasn’t letting go of my romantic nature.
As a wife and mother to three girls, Valentine’s Day has changed but means so much more to me now that I get to share it every year with the 4 loves of my life.
We prepare cards and treats for the girls’ to share with their friends at school.
We buy/make a small gift and card for daddy and daddy does the same for mommy. Keeping it all a secret, of course!
Daddy and I buy a small gift for each of the girls. Usually a new book to read and their favourite chocolate bar.
On the day of love, we celebrate with a special “picnic dinner” consisting of a mix of our favourite finger foods.
We eat a special dessert. Oreo Cookie Ice-Cream cake is a favourite of ours.
We exchange presents, share hugs and give kisses.
Hubby and I exchange small yet meaningful gifts while the girls giggle.
We watch “A Charlie Brown Valentine” together as a family.
Although the festivities of Valentine’s Day have changed now that I have a family, the excitement for the day still remains the same for me. While hubby and I may not always go out on that romantic dinner or exchange the most lavish and expensive of gifts, we love how we’ve turned Valentine’s Day into a meaningful family tradition.