I never cared much about Valentine’s. I’ve been writing this blog for over 5 years and I found 2 references to Valentine’s Day. One was about food and the other how we had family over for chocolates, wine, and a game of cards. In Portugal, Valentine’s for me was all about my friend Cecilia’s birthday and 12 years later, also the birthday of my cousin Clara.
Then I came to Canada and at the graduate student room, students shared Valentine’s Cards. I got my first Canadian Valentines and learned that this is not just romantic love. Celebrating friendships was actually pretty sweet and it certainly brightened my day!
Ten years passed and once I had my son in daycare, I realised how Valentines are commonly shared between kids. He never payed much attention to it until last year. Once he got home he looked at each card and we read it together. He was thrilled! This year we are making a bit of an event and making our own Valentines. We took some inspiration from CBC Kids and made some fingerprint play dough hearts. He was super interested! I also loved it when he said that the bigger hearts were for mommy, daddy and his brother.
But there’s still all the commercial aspect of it, right? The mass-produced cards with zero personality! The buy, buy culture in full display! Then I started a business and talked to other friends that own small businesses. I realized how important Valentine’s can be this time of the year. Between Christmas and spring, sales are low and small businesses struggle. If we are supporting a local business by spending a few dollars to celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s not so bad now is it? In our case, we got a jar of rhubarb-vanilla jam from A La Tarte.
Maybe instead of dissing on Valentine’s we can try to make it more meaningful. Doing some crafts with my boys while talking about the loving people they have in their lives seems right at this point. Supporting some small local businesses to boot feels good as well.
If you are still looking for something special for Tuesday, may I suggest checking SeaBerry’s site? We have 2 Workshops coming up (and more in the works), DIY Boxes for the whole family and Gift Cards ranging from $36.5 to $110. The gift cards can be used toward Workshops, DIY Boxes and supplies.
Happy Love Month Everyone!