My kids came home today with a bunch of Valentine’s Day candy and cards. They were so excited about them that they ran into the house to show me. There was nothing large, but a lot of personal notes on cards. Regardless of the real motives behind the holiday, it is a lot of fun for kids. I especially appreciate the candy hearts and will be looking forward to the sales that start tomorrow.
A school in Massachusetts banned Valentine’s Day candy and cards this year. (story) They claim that it is to keep the burden off families from buying cards or candy. There isn’t a whole lot of burden to this. My kids made cookies and wrapped them in plastic. They brought one for everyone in their class. The intention of making sure everyone gets something is a good one, but is easily remedied by having students bring one for everyone or no one. The bottom line is that you do not need to buy a lot of things to participate.
I think schools need to lighten up a little bit and remember that there are actual children in the school. They already can’t play games that they feel exclude people or are ‘too violent’ They have made a wellness policy that limits things kids can bring in for a birthday treat. Now to limit cards also seems to be taking all the fun out of the school.
That being said, I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day no matter what your relationship status is. There is one who loves you so much that He gave His life for you. His name is Jesus Christ and in Him is the best gift you could ever receive.