I've visited about half of the WOYWW desks so far. What struck me is the number of our American friends who are making gifts for friends and family, kids are making cards for classmates, wreaths and decorations are being hung and there is an air of preparation and 'holiday' about it all.
How does it go here? Well, really only restaurants and card shops do all the decorating...I've never seen a Valentine's wreath on a domestic front door for example. Sometime in the next week I will make one card. For Mr D. If he remembers to swing by the nearest card selling shop en route to work, I will get a card from him. I realise that other couples will make more of an effort. But I'm not aware that normally these plans extend to giving others gifts or baking a cake or having a party. Generally, it's a bouquet and or a nice meal.....or am I so totally embedded in the safety of my old and lovely marriage that I've missed something?! I don't know. Is it that famous British reserve? Is it too soon after Christmas - the weather can be foul and the bank account may be a bit wobbly. Or are we just lazy and can't face another 'holiday'? Have we just got to let it evolve like Hallowe'en has? Is it because it's one 'holiday' that we British girls would really like the boys to step up and take charge of, so we do nothing, and are eternally disappointed? I don't know. But tell me: Have you made loads of Valentine cards? Are they to sell or to give to friends and family? Have you decorated? Have you got plans?
Are you horrified by my 'one card' effort!
Won't it be amazing when the world turns again and we have a day of giving and helping to celebrate the life and saint hood of Mother Theresa.