KatieKatie Katie Parsons is the creator of Mumbling Mommy and is a freelance writer, editor and communications specialist. She works from her home office on the east coast of Florida. Most often she writes about life in a combined family of five children and what it's like being a full time work-from-home parent. Feel free to pitch guest post ideas or just drop her a line at katie@mumblingmommy.com.

I’d like to think I’m above all the commercialism that accompanies holidays — from the cards to the gifts to the decorations. I like flowers though. And chocolate. Oh, and cheesy cards that make you cry in the middle of the aisle at CVS. So Valentine’s Day tends to “hook” me each year. Now that I have children, I look forward to making Valentine’s Day crafts with them and making heart-shaped food items for each meal (pancakes, PB&Js, pizza). What can I say? I’m a sucker for it and here’s a few reasons why I like having a romantic Valentine’s Day:

3 Reasons Why I Love a Romantic Valentine’s Day

  • My kids love it. My oldest daughter is especially a fan of Valentine’s Day, and always has been. When she turned three, she asked to have a “Valentines” party (in April), complete with a heart-themed cake and pink balloons. As a Kindergartner, she consistently asks me how many more holidays it will take to get to Valentine’s Day. My husband will be out of town on the big day this year. No matter. My daughter and I have a full weekend of treat-baking and Valentine’s Day craft-making planned — and plenty of pink and red decorating.
  • It’s interpretive, and that’s okay. By the end of the Thanksgiving/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/ New Year season I’m seriously over all the splitting hairs when it comes to who says what to who and what the season means to this person or that one. While there are certainly people who are anti-Valentine’s Day, most just let it come and go without much controversy. Some people get really into it and some people are annoyed by it — but all are still friends at the end of the day.
  • It’s a bright spot in winter. Now that I live in Florida, I’m not nearly as irritated with winter come February 14th. But for many, many years I looked forward to Valentine’s Day because it meant that winter was heading into its last official month. Now I see it as the pre-party to the string of family birthdays that start in March and last through June.

Do you get into the Valentine’s Day hype?

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