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We Don't Need No Stinkin' Valentines!


I have mixed emotions about Valentine's Day.  On the one hand. . . it can be a special day filled with love, hearts, and chocolate.  On the other hand. . . it can be an ordinary day filled with expectation, dread, and misery.

I loved the whole Valentine's Day schtick when I was a kid.  Homemade Valentine mailboxes, glued with love and hearts and a whole lot of glitter.  Conversation hearts.  Homemade cupcakes.  Room Mothers.  And Valentine cards for EVERYONE in class.

As I got older, though, Valentine's Day just made me feel bad.  About myself.  When you're an adolescent, there are not Valentine cards for EVERYONE.  And, sometimes, there aren't ANY Valentines.  The focus on Valentine's Day as a "couples-in-love" day just makes a lot of people miserable!

And that really sucks.

So, as a 16-year-old . . . with no Valentine on the horizon. . . I made a Declaration:  We don't need no stinkin' Valentines!  We can celebrate all by ourselves!

So, I tend to celebrate Valentine's Day in small ways.  I like to think about the people I love and show them I'm thinking of them.  I give myself special treats.  Mostly, I keep it low key!

This week, Carole has us thinking about Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day.  I'm adding my own twist . . . Ten Fun LOW KEY Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day.


  1. Wear red.
  2. Deliver silly Valentines to ALL your co-workers (anonymously; in their mailboxes).
  3. Leave a big bowl of Hershey Kisses (or Dove hearts) on your desk for everyone to share.
  4. Use a red pen all day.
  5. Watch "Breakfast at Tiffany's."
  6. Tell your closest friends and family how much they mean to you.
  7. Light a candle.
  8. Eat some chocolate.
  9. Sip some wine.
  10. But, mostly, remember:  Life is good.  And you don't need a Valentine to tell you that.

Love to you all!






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Many of us have had the same experience with Valentine's Day. This list would be easy to do and would put a smile on anyone's face.


Valentine, who is that Valentine?!?

Love back right back at you:)

Kristi aka FiberFool

Great list! I am really enjoying the different spins on the lists this week.


I can totally relate to your lead in. V-Day was not a happy day during my teen-age years. I still feel nauseous when I see those horrid commercials of sappy couples we're bombarded with. But my parents always made us feel very loved on this day, and since having kids myself, V-Day is much different for me. Still low-key, but centered more on the actual love, rather than the romantic sap. Love your list.


Good list! I am trying to get Michael's "Christmas" hat done by Valentine's Day (the Jacques Cousteau hat). I have an inch to go and then the decreases. I think the 8 inches of 3x2 ribbing are a true testament to my devotion to him.

Under the Tuscan Sun is also a good movie for Valentine's Day.


Excellent - and so very very true! Must buy some of those Dove hearts. :) Have a WONDERFUL Valentines Day!


Hooray! Valentine's Day is a holiday created by Hallmark! Ugh! Except in my house it's my oldest son's birthday, so we celebrate that instead :-)


This is a perfect list and exactly what I had in mind when I picked this topic. It's a day of LOVE and it doesn't have to be romantic love - love yourself first, I say!


Great list! I love the idea of watching Breakfast at Tiffany's!!


perfect! and did you see Beverly's suggestion to do some good for your heart and exercise? I thought that would be right up your (and my) alley!!

Diana Troldahl

Oscar and I try and celebrate in non-traditional ways. For example, I'm thinking about making him a heart-shaped hamburger this year :-}


The days of everyone getting cards was the best...a little card with a bit of candy for each person in your class. Perfect. It's what DH and I still do. A card with maybe a bit of candy! :)
Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!

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