My son’s birthday is one day after valentines day. This means every February we have big celebrations, not just at home, but at school, with friends, with family.
Valentines celebrations include gifts of candy from friend, from family. In class parties with cupcakes and cookies. Birthday celebrations also include cake and ice cream. In a two day span, our family sugar intake rivals that of Halloween!
So, what have I learned to do to offset the chaos of these two holidays? Well, I hide as much of the evidence as I can – out of sight, out of mind works wonders.
I’ve also realized that sharing the birthday cake with friends and neighbours is a great strategy for eliminating leftovers (that out of sight things works here as well).
But, most importantly, I try to remember that most of the time, we have fruit for dessert, and that once (ok, several ) times a year, we have an onslaught. I think that’s ok.