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I didn't get the memo

February 15th, 2014 at 09:13 am

I was kind of surprised BM's 5th grade class did do the Valentines party thing. I am presuming this is the last year for him, though lord knows.

OMG - you should see the candy haul he got. I guess most parents decided the kids are getting kind of old for this, so just sent copious amounts of candy in lieu of cheesy little V-Day cards.

Or do you think it was just their last hoorah and so they went all out for these kids??

Or is BM just that popular with the ladies?? LOL. (Actually, impossible - his class is literally 75% boy, which is crazy. Something in the water that year).

LM's third grade class was far more mellow.

Anyway, I usually buy V-Day cards on Feb. 15th every year. IT can be hit and miss. They had the cutest Angry Birds cards, so I picked up two boxes today. & some candy for myself, 50% off. I think this is probably the last year?? I've got one box at home still. If we have extras, we can donate later, or find someone who can use them.

Other than that, not a holiday that we celebrate. *shrugs* (I don't think we celebrate many holidays, period. Many seem fairly manufactured, to get you to spend money. & other than that, the crowds aren't too appealing).

I heard on the radio that average person spends $100-ish on Valentines Day? I think $138 or something for men; $75 for women.


Nothing in my frame of reference (among friends, past boyfriends, family, anyone).

My co-worker? Her husband sent her a boquet yesterday. Which I don't think he has ever done before, and didn't think a lot of it. But then she was telling me how she bought a V-Day outfit (for work - whatever she was wearing yesterday). & then they were going out to dinner.

I guess that is how it adds up! (Seriously, before discussing and witnessing all this, I would have no idea how anyone spends that much money on V-Day. Now I know!).

8 Responses to “I didn't get the memo”

  1. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I haven't had many Valentine's where I was dating someone - in fact, I think this may be the second time its happened. I spent $5 on fiverr to make a special song for NE. I don't know what his plans are --- he told me that since I'd be coming up to NE this weekend (21st) that will be our v-day. Smile

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    I remember having found a really nice book that I thought would make the perfect valentine's gift. It was a book with lots of b/w photos and stories about old married couples in their 70s, 80s and 90s and they were interviewed about how they stayed happy and together all those years.

    It seemed very romantic to me; in fact, I gave that book to more than one boyfriend!

  3. monkeymama Says:

    How sweet - I love old (HAPPY) married couples. Big Grin

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    As of this year, there is no Valentines Day in our schools. They have changed it to Friendship Day. Tokens of friendship, but not Valentine cards are encouraged. One class drew names and bought gifts of $2 or less value, and wrote their giftee a letter about why they are appreciated as a friend. A few Valentine cards did sneak through though. But stocking up on day after card sales might not be a good idea anymore, here at least.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Usually we try to do something or buy something for this day, but since we had so many other things going on before and after V-Day, the grownups in my family ignored it. I bought candy rings for AA's daycare chums (less than $10) and a gift each for AA and SL (about $5 total). My parents sent a package that, randomly, contained about a dozen little stuffed turtles, so I let AA bring those in to give her daycare as well.

    Last year she had a whole bag of swag from all the different kids. This year I was actually at daycare when they handed out treats, and only AA and one other kid had brought treats for the whole class. I actually think it's kind of cool to see parents taking a year off from it, vs. feeling like everyone is trying to one-up each other. I didn't even put AA's name on the treats, so the other parents will prob. think they came from the teacher. And I'm fine with that! It took zero effort on my part to put the gifts together.

  6. scfr Says:

    My neighbor mentioned that she was blown away after sending her 1st grade son off with small valentines for all his classmates and a "normal" size decorated box when he came home with his box overflowing with all kinds of gifts like little tubs of Play-Doh, etc.

    California + Texas = national trend? (They are the 2 most populous states after all)

  7. Looking Forward Says:

    Zero card exchange here! Big Grin DD I guess is too old now.
    DS's preschool phased out card giving mostly because it's such a waste of paper (& parent time). The teachers talked with the kids all week about doing caring *actions* for others. I love that!

  8. rob62521 Says:

    That is a lot of money for Valentine's day...we exchanged cards. No flowers, candy, or gifts.

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