Did you celebrate Sweetest Day today with your spouse or significant other? Did you even know it was Sweetest Day?! If you aren’t from the Great Lakes region, mostly Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, you may have never heard of it! My husband and I are from the Cleveland, Ohio area, where the “holiday” originated, so we know it comes along every third Saturday in October. Does that mean we spend every Sweetest Day exchanging cards, chocolates, and having fancy dinners? Of course not, especially since we live in Virginia. We were surprised to find a very small selection of cards by accident recently, when looking for a birthday card at our local Kroger. We were pretty shocked to find such a thing in Richmond, since most often people here have never heard of the so-called holiday. According to Hallmark, Sweetest Day came into existence around 1922, when a Cleveland, Ohio candy company employee, Herbert Birch Kingston, wished to bring happiness to those who were sometimes forgotten. Hallmark began making Sweetest Day cards in the mid-1960s and now has more than seventy cards to choose from for your loved ones.
I believe many take advantage of today to create a romantic day full of fanciness and grand gestures, but really it can just be another expense for a lot of couples. Some parents use it as a way to give their children more candy and toys. The gesture of giving a day of extra time could be a better way to spend today or any Saturday really. My husband and I didn’t remember Sweetest Day until this evening, when he saw something about it on social media. I simply responded “Oh yeah” and continued with what I was doing, content with the time we have been able to spend together today. We don’t always get Saturdays together, due to work or different commitments, so we take advantage of those we do. Today we filled our time with a free and local Harvest Festival, a late lunch at Chipotle (fairly inexpensive), a car wash and clean at Car Pool, and a few random errands, before returning home to finish watching the Cleveland Indians beat the Blue Jays in the American League Championship! As I finish this post, we will end the night with watching a few shows on the DVR, and I will no doubt fit in writing my lesson plans for school this week. Sundays for us typically consist of being filled at church prepping and running the youth night, so I have to squeeze my work in beforehand! If you didn’t know about Sweetest Day, you now know what kind of crazy things we northerners think up to celebrate love! Don’t be pressured to spend a fortune on love. Just show you care, and spend time with your family.