Tuesday 04 February 2014 by By Jill Sikkens

If I’m completely honest I actually hate Valentine’s day. Actually, hate is too strong of a word but it’s certainly not an occasion I ever recognised. That is, until I had my first child. Somehow, experiencing all of my son’s “firsts” with him inspired me to make them as special as possible. The words “he’s never going to have his first … again” were often ringing in my ears.

So, even for the terribly cynical holiday which is Valentine’s day I found myself putting hearts in the window and baking (aka burning) cupcakes.  And I have to admit, it was good fun. Instead of scoffing at the commercialism I associated with cupid’s big day, I genuinely enjoyed having a theme to what turned out to be a really fun day.

And, what would a holiday be (especial the first) without a personalised greeting card? In house, it simply won’t happen. But instead of a blast to the Christmas list I was really selective. Which was great, because instead of creating a single card for everyone I was able to send a personalised photo and message to our favourite friends and family.

“All I want for Valentine’s Day is a hug from Nannie…and maybe one of her chocolate chip cookies too.”

“Roses are red, violets are blue, Auntie Pam is the best at kung fu”

I even managed to make one for my husband and send it to his office. He was well chuffed (a few brownie points can always come in handy). You know by now how I feel about sending things in the post. Forget the cynicism and just share the love.   

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