Valentine’s Day is big around our house. Really big. In fact, it’s probably the holiday on which we decorate and go all-out the most. We have several Valentine’s Day traditions and treats, and it just might be my personal favorite family holiday. We’re all about the love around here!
We spent nearly all day yesterday decorating and cooking, decking the halls with piles of hearts and lots of red and pink. Our usual Valentine’s Day celebrations include things like this: plenty of candy hearts and chocolate, a candlelight dinner of one of our favorite meals, special sparkling juice drinks, fancy desserts, and of course, a romantical movie. In fact, it was on a Valentine’s Day when I saw my first film version of Sense and Sensibility. But that’s another story for another day.
Our favorite Valentine’s Day tradition is one we have kept up for as long as I can remember. Prior to our dinner, each of us make lists of what we love about each other. After we have sufficiently dined, we go around the table and read our lists. It always makes me feel so warm and fuzzy and loved inside.
And for our romantical movie? Well, usually we do choose something that’s definitely a love story. Last year it was Sense and Sensibility 2008, the year before was Sense and Sensibility 1995 (a theme, you say? where on earth did you get such an idea?). But this year was a bit different…
As we ate our dessert (a scrumptious lemon cheesecake), we watched the last three episodes of the first season of BBC’s Robin Hood. Not exactly a love story (well, it kind of is, I suppose), but Little Wilson and I especially couldn’t imagine watching anything else when we had the ending of ROBIN HOOD to see. This show… it’s kinda addictive. And I’m kinda in love with it. Yes, it’s outrageously unrealistic and pretty cheesy at times, but it is so much (MUCH! sorry, any Robin Hood fans will get that) fun. I was pretty hyped during the season finale, vacillating between crying and applauding. “THAT CHARACTER’S NOT DEAD. YAY! MY FAVORITE CHARACTER CAME BACK. HUZZAAAAAH! OHHH, NOW HE’S CRYING AND NOW I’M A SOGGY MESS.” Yup. This show and I. We’re pretty tight. Now I just need to convince certain people in my family that no, we don’t need to take a break from Robin Hood for a while because we need to get the second season NOW. And for all of you Robin Hood fans, I know you’ll ask, so my favorite characters are Will Scarlet, Djaq, Much, and Allan, in that order. And I’m not being funny (sorry, another Robin Hood joke), but this picture from the last episode is just about the cutest thing evah (it may or may not be gracing my desktop at the moment):
Like I said before, Valentine’s Day just might be my favorite holiday, simply because of all the traditions and memories attached to it. Basically, folks? My family is just the greatest. We spent the evening laughing until we cried and sharing smiles and making lifetime memories. What could be better?
We are, we are not your ordinary family, but we can all agree that we are, we are close as close can be. So it don’t matter what it looks like, we look perfect to me. – “we are” by keke palmer
Happy (late) Valentine’s Day, everyone!