I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I think I might be a Valentine’s Day scrooge this year. So many blogs I read feature V-day ideas that range from cute to downright ingenious.
I, on the other hand, feel a little burned out. Maybe it’s because Christmas feels like it happened just this morning. In my last-minute scramble to get everything ready for Christmas, I had to put it into over-drive so I could hand-make gifts and creatively wrap them. I made apple butter from scratch for the neighbors, and Matt and I started a tradition of writing each other a letter about the year.
Plus, my birthday is just so damn close to Valentine’s Day (um, tomorrow, in fact!). I’m busy planning my birthday party: the invitations, the website, the dress, the menu, etc. It just feels too contrived and artificial to pour my heart into making something or writing something or buying something for my beloved.
The truth is, Matt’s not really into mandated holidays anyway. He thinks it’s much more meaningful to surprise each other with notes and gifts throughout the year when the spirit (not Hallmark) moves us. I can’t even remember what we did last year. The year before, we ordered a heart-shaped pizza from Papa John’s and rented a movie.
I have any idea. Maybe we can buy a box of those fun kiddy valentines, make a batch of cookies or brownies, wrap them into cute packages and make deliveries to people at our favorite establishments who have to work on Valentine’s Day. We have a couple places (like Amy’s Ice Cream and The Hobbit) that we visit so frequently they probably wouldn’t be sketched out by eating homemade baked goods.
Oh wait! What am I saying? I’m actually going to a wedding on Valentine’s Day. Hooray! A 2000DollarWedding reader took me up on my Halloween party invitation last October and is returning the favor by inviting me to her—um—really important party!
Maybe I can wear my 1950s party dress. I better get it finished! [insert gulp]
What sweet things are you planning for your nearest and dearest on Valentine's Day?