Celebrate the “Hallmark” Holidays

Today is my favorite “hallmark” holiday of the year: Sweetest Day! “Seriously, Sweetest Day, Col?  That’s not event a real holiday!”  I know, I know – just listen…

Sweetest Day happened to be one of those “hallmark” holidays that many people pooh-pooh because they think it’s just a way for businesses to make money and capitalize on consumers. I have never looked at it that way.  I love to re-market all the “hallmark” holidays and use them as a catalyst to say, thank you for all that you do, I appreciate you and I love you.

I grew up in a very loving household where we said “I love you” on a daily basis.  My parents are teenage sweethearts and have been happily married for over 40 years.  The love my parents have shown each other over the years has been an excellent example to my brother and me.  Even today, when I hang up the phone after speaking with my family, I love you is always communicated.  My Mom always remembers Sweetest Day by giving us a little card or treat like Halloween socks or Swedish Fish. These small gifts don’t break the bank, but let someone know that you care about them.

This loving family culture has been extended to my little growing family. My husband and I say I love you multiple times a day and we share this love with our young, toddler son. He knows how to give hugs and kisses, we say prayers with him each night for his loved ones and he is learning how to show love to his extended family.  My son’s best asset right now is his smile – which can light up any room and help to show everyone the loving household he is growing up in.

The reason I love “hallmark” holidays is because it allows us time to step away from all the negative energy that is glamorized in society and celebrate the little things that make life so wonderful.

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