to be clear, thanksgiving and christmas are on top of my favorite holidays list, but i suppose you could say that valentine's day is third (or dead last considering i couldn't care less about all the other ones. i think... mainly because none of them are 'pretty'.).
yes, it's true that i have been in a relationship for every valentine's day since 1999, but i really do mean it when i say that has nothing to do with it! i have never had one of those swoon-worthy, over the top romantic valentine's day, and nor do i particularly want or expect them. rather, i look to anniversaries for those moments, because those clearly have more meaning.
my fondness for this day primarily stems from childhood-- i have strong memories of decorating treat bags and eating cupcakes from PTO moms at valentine's parties at school. every year, i went to the store with my mom and carefully picked out the cards i'd be distributing. i remember many of them, my card selections ranged from strawberry shortcake, bears in sweaters holding a corresponding colored crayon, and cartoony dinosaurs. this may be why, as an adult, i've tried to mimic these childish joys at the work place. so, i printed out these free cards to pass out with these cookies. and because ilikethemSOmuch, i left a slew of them around the apartment for bffbf to find.
i don't normally buy sprinkles. or eat them. turns out they're disgusting.
disgusting but cute.
happy valentine's day!