Heart Origami notepaper from Lollipop

As a young child, growing up in America, we would hand out Valentine cards to every child in our class. We used to create our own Valentine’s Day letterboxes and tape them to our desks and everyone would go around sticking the Valentine cards into them. I remember taking home all of my Valentines cards and reading them at home (and eating the candy too!).  I was talking to my husband about this and he also used to do this in class, so I’m assuming it’s an American thing? Children here in the UK (or at least in my children’s school) don’t do this. In fact, I don’t think my kids have ever gotten a Valentine’s Day card from one of their classmates?!

When I saw these Heart Origami Notes from Lollipop it reminded me all about this. And I think it’s a fun tradition to bring back for my kids. Maybe not to all their classmates at school, but to special friends or family members they might want to send some hearts to!

xx Courtney

6 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Engracia | February 10, 2014 | Reply

Hi Courtney, I think it may be an American tradition. I’m Australian & I had never come across this custom of of Valentine’s gifts for school friends until I started reading American blogs. It’s not a big thing here in Australia, in fact I have never exchanged a Valentines gift or acknowledged it in any way with any of my past boyfriends or my husband. Funny how we speak the same language & can have such different customs, eg like how we (as in Australians & English & I presume other Commonwealth nations) eat in what you call in the “continental fashion” & Americans don’t. Another thing I learnt from reading blogs.

2. P | February 10, 2014 | Reply

It’s done in Canadian schools but then again we follow along with many things done in the States. I’m with Engracia above we don’t acknowledge it in our UK/Canadian family either.

3. Leah Adams | February 10, 2014 | Reply

It is not celebrated in British schools. I remember my sister returning with lots of Valentine cards from her stay in Florida with our aunt – as a child I was envious of all those beautiful cards & the sweet messages inside! As a family we write on a paper heart for each member; sharing what we love about them most (assisting my 4 & 2 year old) & then display for the rest of the month – it has become a nice tradition! Wouldn’t it be fun to make a family Valentine post box for home made cards to be put in?!

4. Jen | February 12, 2014

Leah, I love your idea!!

5. synnove | February 11, 2014 | Reply

I live in NY and my oldest son is in 1st grade. And we are in the middle of it right now! Decorating a shoebox for school to collect valentines cards, and writing a note to all his classmates. The teacher even sent home a full class list for the activity!! He is very excited about it and I think it’s so cute. It’s not what I’m used to growing up in Norway. Happy valentines day!!

6. Jen | February 12, 2014 | Reply

What great memories this post reminded me of! I grew up in the states and we always exchanged Valentines with every classmate. I loved when my mom would come home with a box of cards and I would sit at the table and fill each one out. It was a fun holiday as a kid that involved lots of red construction paper and white doilies!!