While I mostly sing the praises of holiday and special traditions (after all, that’s the point of this whole blog!), there is a downside to having lots of special holiday traditions – it’s extra disappointing when you don’t get to celebrate them. Sometimes being forced to change plans and alter celebrations from the way they have always been done can be a good thing because that can be how fun new traditions are born. That wasn’t the case with Valentine’s Day 2015 though. The highlights of this Valentine’s Day (and the entire month of February leading up to it) in our family included 3 cases of the stomach flu, 1 very bad cold, saying farewell to my fabulous teaching partner as she moves to England with her family, and packing up our entire house in a whirlwind after our house sold much more quickly than we expected. None of these things are traditions I wish to repeat on Valentine’s Day 2016.
Usually, each year for Valentine’s Day I make and send cards, I make valentine treats for my friends, I do crafts with our daughter, I bake Linzer heart cookies, we have Valentine’s Day play dates with treats, I make a heart shaped pizza for dinner, I make some sort of heart shaped cake or cupcakes for dessert, and we go out somewhere for a fancy dinner in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day.
Needless to say, not one of these things happened this year. Instead we went with store bought treats and a heart shaped pizza from Papa Murphy’s that was less heart shaped than advertised and looked as though it had some sort of blockage in its aorta.
At least we got to be together. And even though having our special traditions in place made us miss them more this year, I’m very glad that we can start looking forward to doing them again for Valentine’s Day next year.