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To think that February 14th is SAINT Valentine's Day?

(69 Posts)
kittylester Wed 27-Jan-16 11:58:32

Not just Valentine's Day! Even my beloved John Lewis had signs up saying 'Valentine's Day'. angry

Jalima Wed 27-Jan-16 12:02:02

shock and aaargh!

Jalima Wed 27-Jan-16 12:03:00

Time to go round with a magic marker?

jinglbellsfrocks Wed 27-Jan-16 13:03:10

Time to join the modern age, more like. grin wink

MamaCaz Wed 27-Jan-16 13:05:29

Maybe I've not paid enough attention, but the shorter version seems to have been in common parlance for as long as I can remember (I'm in my mid-fifties). For that reason, it sounds perfectly ok to me.

jinglbellsfrocks Wed 27-Jan-16 13:05:31

It's on a Sunday! At the start of half term. And my little fellers are going on holiday! How can I get their cards and choccie hearts to them?!!! shock

ninathenana Wed 27-Jan-16 13:41:22

No criticism just curiosity. Does anyone else send cards to grandchildren?
It's not something I've ever considered.
Not 100% sure your serious jings smile but what's wrong with making sure they arrive on Saturday.

kittylester Wed 27-Jan-16 13:47:57

My Dad used to send them to my daughters and they love it!

Teetime Wed 27-Jan-16 13:55:25

DH and I don't exchange cards or anything - this mostly stared with us years ago as my birthday is 2 days before so in those days he couldn't cope with two events per month financially. As it is I shall probably do a romantic dinner and a nice bottle of something.

Leticia Wed 27-Jan-16 13:59:13

Things evolve- I can't see that it matters. I think it odd to involve children.

Synonymous Wed 27-Jan-16 14:20:20

kittylester probably yes! Even the Catholics have apparently given up on this. It is nice for people to have another excuse for romance. smile

jinglbellsfrocks Wed 27-Jan-16 15:56:04

They will have to arrive on the Friday Nina. They go on hol on the Saturday, and probably at crack of dawn.

I omitted to send one to the (then) thirteen year old last year. Thought he was too old. Apparently he practically wimpered to his mum. grin

I try to make it funny for hem. This year the card I have bought for the ten year old says, "love you with all my heart". I will cross out the 'my heart' and put 'big toe'. # 10yearoldhumour

jinglbellsfrocks Wed 27-Jan-16 15:58:12

Won't send DH one! hmm Might send one to son. He is between girlfriends at the moment.

tiredoldwoman Wed 27-Jan-16 16:06:41

Yes, I send Valentines to my grandbabies ! Sometimes homemade ones .

tanith Wed 27-Jan-16 16:23:26

I've never considered sending Valentines to my grandchildren I've always seen Valentines as a romantic gesture to a partner/husband/wife. I have American friends that make a big deal out of it though.

merlotgran Wed 27-Jan-16 16:28:30

You're priceless, jingl. Bet your grandsons love your bonkers sense of humour. grin

NanaandGrampy Wed 27-Jan-16 16:36:11

I send homemade valentines to my 4 each year. Their mummies slip them under their pillows.

Last year my 6 yr old DGS asked me to make him one for his teacher , which he presented to her with a chocolate rose he bought with his own pocket money.

That boy will go far :-)

annodomini Wed 27-Jan-16 17:05:47

60-odd years ago, nobody sent Valentine cards to friends (except boy/girl friends) and children. I was surprised, then, to receive a pretty Valentine handkerchief from my American pen pal. I still have it and, after a long hiatus, we are back in touch in our retirement, and still have much in common.

thatbags Wed 27-Jan-16 17:20:21

No, YANBU, but why does it matter? Saints' days are holidays, which nowadays mean time to spend money at places like your beloved John Lewis.

Not that anyone has to if they choose not to. Freedom. What's not to like?

Jalima Wed 27-Jan-16 19:14:34

OK, that's fine, I will save on magic markers (left over from inserting/deleting apostrophes grin)

Let's all cheer for Patrick's Day, David's Day, George's Day and Andrew's Day
Three cheers, hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!!!

thatbags Wed 27-Jan-16 21:42:52

Or we could just ignore them all and treat them like ordinary days. That's what I do. Saves a lot of knowing (or caring) who's a saint and all that jazz.

Indinana Wed 27-Jan-16 21:55:44

I've known it as Valentine's Day since the beginning of time (well, my time that is wink)
I really don't care one way or the other. These days it's just another money-making beano for all the card shops, florists, restaurants, hotels...
(Though I do love to see young men rushing out of florists with big bunches of flowers. Long live romance smile)

phoenix Wed 27-Jan-16 22:44:41

I'm hoping that Mr P will remember to dig out the first one he sent me, it was handmade (not by him!) Very beautiful and probably expensive, so I asked him to give it to me every year, with a new message written in it.

WilmaKnickersfit Wed 27-Jan-16 22:57:58

My Dad sent me a card when I was little/young even if I had a boyfriend. It was years before I was sure it was him, but I loved it. smile

I think it's always been Valentine's Day in my mind, but there would a history lesson at some point every year.

Cards exchanged between GPs and GCs never crossed my mind.

Do children and teenagers still cover the cards in funny verses?

rubylady Thu 28-Jan-16 02:00:16

I've seen a mug for my son "I love you more today than yesterday . . .yesterday you really got on my nerves!" Perfect. grin

Oh, and I won't get anything so I've ordered a lovely bouquet of freesia to arrive on the Saturday, beautiful. flowers