I love Valentines Day, largely in part because it reminds me of my mom, and that makes me smile. My mom was a total sucker for all "Hallmark holidays" - any reason to celebrate, she was game. My mother was Jewish by religion but she was genuinely appreciative of all holidays, and that's just one of the many things I adored about her. I even got Easter baskets as a kid! (We had to hide them from my religious grandfather, who would've been very less than thrilled to discover I was eating panoramic sugar eggs in honor of Jesus' resurrection.)
Valentines Day was among her favorite holidays because of everything it represents: love, affection, indulgence, excess, pink and red, hearts and lips. Candy and flowers are just fine, but in my house, we did (and still do) other fun gifts. Here are a few of my favorite this year...
I love everything on this list (I eat the Chocolate Paleonola on a near-daily basis) but if I had to pick, I think I may have to treat myself to that sweatshirt and the scarf, which I own (and adore) in another color. That is, if someone else doesn't beat me to the punch... (wink, wink!)
Thank you for reading. Big KISSES to all of you!