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#Microblog Mondays 181: Be My Valentine

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We don’t do anything for Valentine’s Day anymore.  Josh and I have never celebrated it.  (We also don’t celebrate Tu B’Av, which is sort of the Jewish version of Valentine’s Day.)

When the kids were little, I was the class mum, so I threw the school party.  They filled out Valentine’s cards for all of their classmates, ate candy, and played games.  But now that they’re in middle school, we don’t have that ritual.

I don’t feel sad about it, and I certainly don’t want to go out Wednesday night.  But I do feel like I need to make heart-shaped pancakes or something of that ilk.

What is the most low-key way to mark Valentine’s Day without really doing anything for Valentine’s Day?


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1 Mali { 02.12.18 at 5:35 am }

The most low-key way of celebrating V-Day? Hugging the ones you love? Like tippy, we dont celebrate Valentine’s Day either. Our wedding anniversary was just last weekend, so it seems like overkill. I might make an effort over dinner on Wednesday night, but I might not. Lol

2 Beth { 02.12.18 at 6:26 am }

We celebrated early as a family because my husband is out of town for work this week. I made our favorite pasta dinner. My girls decorated cupcakes. We put together a LEGO set. On the actual day I will cut their lunch sandwiches into hearts. Just low key fun.

3 Nabanita { 02.12.18 at 8:17 am }

Just sitting together after putting the kid to bed knowing that we are there for each other. There that’s a perfect valentine’s day 🙂

4 a { 02.12.18 at 8:40 am }

A heart shaped box of candy is as far as it goes around here. Usually a small, inexpensive one – just a little something to note the day.

5 Charlotte { 02.12.18 at 8:44 am }

Valentine’s Day is beyond a stupid, commercial waste of everything. Have you seen how much the cards cost anymore?!?! We did go out once many years ago and never again, it was packed and rushed and miserable and I couldn’t even get what I wanted to eat because they had a set menu.
I am trying to teach my girls to not get caught up in the hype about it, because it is lame and a really great way to make you feel like crap about yourself if you do t have a significant other.
The lowest of low key way to anti-celebrate? I buy the small heart-shaped boxes of chocolates for each of my kiddos and they get to have that after dinner. They cost $1 a piece. Although this year it falls on Ash Wednesday, which is a traditional day of fasting, so I may have to adjust that.

6 loribeth { 02.12.18 at 9:44 am }

Dh & I exchange cards on Valentine’s Day, and that’s usually about it. He has no enthusiasm for the holiday — says it’s made up by Hallmark :p — and I don’t see any point in pushing him to buy me flowers that cost double what they did the day before, just because of what day it is. We haven’t gone out for dinner on V.Day in years either, because (as Charlotte notes above) it’s always so crowded & noisy and generally not very romantic. My mother used to have a little heart-shaped box of chocolates by our plates at breakfast or dinnertime, and if we’d had kids I’m sure I would have continued that tradition. 🙂 She also used to make Valentine’s cookies for us — heart-shaped cookie cutter, with pink frosting spread on top. I used to give chocolate to the nephews when they were little, and these days I send something to the Little Princesses — this year it was just a card with $10 each tucked inside, so they can go to the dollar store and buy their own treats. 😉

7 Cristy { 02.12.18 at 9:59 am }

Very good question. Grey is in California this week, so dinner out is completely off the table, but the truth is we never really did the traditional Valentine’s day celebrations. For the Beats, I did make heart-shaped crayons for them to give to their classmates on Wednesday and I’ll do some other fun things with them (heart-shaped pancakes sound like a fun one), but the focus will be on them and reminding them this is a day to remember all they love. Nothing romantic.

On an aside, on Valentine’s Day I spent playing inner tube basketball. That was a lot of fun.

8 torthuil { 02.12.18 at 12:04 pm }

My in laws gave us a box of fancy crackers and cheeses and things so the plan is to watch a movie with the 3 year old and newborn and have a “picnic”. Mr Turtle is also on holiday this week so I might ask him to take me out….maybe to the Dutch pancake place for breakfast. Mmmmm

9 Chris { 02.12.18 at 12:16 pm }

We never have done much for Valentine’s day. We don’t like going out when it’s crowded, and typically our work schedules don’t allow for weekday dates anyway. This year it’s out of the question as I’m having a tooth pulled on Tuesday. So, it will be a really un-Valentine’s day around here. I plan to get DH a card. LOL My mom also always made the cut out cookies with pink frosting. I loved those, and if we had kids I too would make them, but just for me? (Husband doesn’t like them) nope.

10 Dubliner in Deutschland { 02.12.18 at 12:29 pm }

We never do much for Valentine’s day either. We might exchange cards and hubby will usually buy me some chocolates but otherwise we normally just eat a nice meal at home and then relax on the couch watching netflix/ a movie!

11 Amber { 02.12.18 at 6:28 pm }

We never really do anything for Valentine’s Day either, although I did get the kids a little something this year for the first time. They have Valentine’s Day parties at preschool and at a community playgroup we are involved in, but Hubby and I have never exchanged Valentine’s, at least not in recent memory anyway.

12 Not My Lines Yet { 02.12.18 at 7:19 pm }

Call me crazy, but I’ll take ANY excuse to make pancakes, heart shaped or otherwise! Or cookies. Or, better still, brownies! DH will be leaving town, so I feel a little personal celebration is fair! 🙂

13 Jess { 02.12.18 at 8:45 pm }

I think you should totally make the heart shaped pancakes! That doesn’t qualify as commercial nonsense at all. We don’t do any of the commercial things, but we do make each other valentines, using stuff I have around the house. We don’t do them secretly, we set up a little craft station and have pens and scissors and punches and colored pencils and stickers and colored paper. It’s a lot of fun, actually. We might cook a steak Wednesday, but we sure as heck aren’t going out where it will be crazy and expensive. We sort of feel like every day should be a day you let your person know how much you love them, and there’s not much special about 2/14. Right now my grocery store looks like Cupid threw up all over it and there is a whole section with crystal chandeliers and bunting and a tile floor with a zillion overpriced fancy flowers. Um, no thank you. Heart shaped pancakes and homemade cards sound lovely.

14 Vinitha { 02.13.18 at 11:54 am }

Heart shaped pancakes is a great idea. I will make them for my children tomorrow. We just finished making cards for all his classmates last night. Watching something together for an extra 30 minutes might be a low key celebration for tomorrow. 🙂

15 Middle Girl { 02.15.18 at 10:46 pm }

I wrote and gave my son and daughter letters. That isn’t that unusual.

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