Saturday, January 14, 2012


I know, I know. You're probably groaning that December holiday merchandise has barely been moved off the shelves, and the Valentine's day goodies are already coming in -the cards, the candy, all of it.

Yes, I know. Valentine's Day is a highly-commercialized holiday.

But ya know what? Who cares! How about having some fun with it this year, and letting a bunch of people in your life know you care about them and love them in fun and surprising ways?
When I was growing up, I never thought of Valentine's Day as a day that was only about being with "that special someone." My mom would spread out a whole bunch of great art supplies on the kitchen table - fake pearls, sequins, doilies, glue, glitter, scissors, stickers, and construction paper. Our family would go to town making cards for our friends and relatives.

To this day, I still send Valentine cards - and usually at least one Valentines care package - to let a bunch of people know that I am thinking about them.

This doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money. You could make cards. Also, there's a section in most drugstores with 99 cent cards that are plenty adorable.

Here's some folks who would probably love to get a fun note or surprise from you:

  • Great aunt or uncle

  • A loyal client, customer, or patron

  • Nieces and nephews

  • Elderly neighbor

  • Your mail carrier

  • Your mom or dad

  • Grandparents

  • Your hair cutter

  • Good friend

  • Favorite mom and pop store or restaurant owner

    • So, just for a second, tuck away your curmudgeon tendencies and spread a little love to people who would love to hear that they matter to you!
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