Wednesday, January 16
I took the girls to the store yesterday to pick out their class Valentine cards. Yes, nearly a month before February 14th. That's how we roll regarding holidays. Except Halloween, that one we start planning for 2 months in advance.
The trend these days is definitely for kids to make their own cards. There are so many adorable ideas out there. But I love the old time-y feel of going to the drug store and picking out the box of cards. I love the little envelopes (although they rarely come with them anymore.) I love the cheesy pictures and clever sayings.
little differences. Instead of seeing the cards as commercial and uncreative I began to see them as an endearing part of our shared culture in the US. A tradition that is unique to us in the US (don't know Valentine traditions in countries other than the US and England - please share if you do!) It also reminded me of how much I loved choosing my cards as a kid; Garfield or Peanuts?
We as parents don't want our kids to eat all of that candy. Why do we add it to Valentines? The point is clearer if you think of the cumulative effect of all 26 kids in class adding candy to their cards. Then you end up with 15 cherry lollipops and 6 boxes of Conversation Hearts like we did last year. Yuck. It is too much.