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Sweetest Day
Somebody at the bar after skating made a comment about getting something for sweetest day, and I suddenly remembered that it was yesterday. Sweetest day was yesterday, and I didn't even notice. Sweetest day is this weird little Michigan-only "hallmark holiday". It's basically like an October version of Valentine's Day. I think maybe a little of Ohio celebrates it, but mostly it's just here in Michigan. It's an odd thing, and it's really only recently caught on, but now it's quite a big romance-day here. Hallmark is very powerful here, I guess.

I never used to really celebrate sweetest day. It mostly annoyed me (all about love and mush), and it was just a hallmark holiday after all. But S liked the day....I think because it had less commercialism than valentines day, and was less widely-celebrated. He preferred the day to v-day, so once I started dating him I started celebrating it. He always got me nice romantic presents, and we'd go out somewhere special. It was fun, actually.

R sent me a dozen beautiful chocolate-covered strawberries, the sweetest day when we were dating. They were wonderful, and I'll always remember how very "sweet" indeed that gesture was!

C doesn't celebrate sweetest day. He didn't grow up in Michigan, and he thinks it's stupid. So I haven't celebrated the day either, the past couple of years. But I've always missed it, a little bit, and I've always associated the day with S, because he liked the holiday so much.

Strange then, that I forgot all about it yesterday. Of course, I only left the house once all day, so I wasn't as exposed to the Media as I am if I'm out and about. Usually the media deluges you on holidays enough to drive you crazy, and make certain you won't forget! But yesterday...no listening to the radio, no driving by flower shops, none of that. Instead I spend my sweetest day doing laundry, reading, and writing. I'd thought about it in the preceding week a bit, when I heard ads or others mentioned it or something. I knew C would be out of town, so I wouldn't feel like I "ought" to celebrate it in some fashion. Not that he celebrates it anyway, but you know. I hadn't planned to do anything other than perhaps email C a "happy sweetest day" note and probably spend a little time remembering S. But instead it slipped my mind, and I did nothing. Not that it really matters, but it still feels a little weird. I felt a little surprised and sad, when I suddenly realized that I had let it go by unnoticed.

Ah well...hallmark holidays come and go. There will be more, and even sweetest day will come again next year!

(Oh, here we go, I found some information on the origins of Sweetest Day. Not a Michigan-only holiday after all...it originated in Cleveland!)
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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: October 21st, 2002 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
At least it's been around longer than Bosses Day (1958 - celebrated October 16th by the way, you just missed it) or Grandparents Day (1978 -1st Sunday after Labor Day). Both usually get a lot more Hallmark stuff.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 21st, 2002 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
'round these parts, Sweetest Day gets more notice than do Bosses' day or Grandparents' day. Strangely enough , the HR department decided to celebrate bosses day this year, and gave the managers/supervisors all bamboo plants, and we (the company) all got pastries and such. *shrug* kinda nice.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: October 21st, 2002 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re:

My boss sent an email about it, then the next day, the section went out to lunch with him for it (I didn't go because I had appointment and couldn't take the time off).
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: October 21st, 2002 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
C is right it does sound stupid!
It reminds me of that Simpsons episode when they have "Love Day", which is just a ploy to sell more cards and presents.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 21st, 2002 08:34 am (UTC) (Link)
hee it sounds similar, yes! Although now that I've found that its origins aren't from hallmark after all, it seems a little less silly of a holiday. The problem is: the card/flower/present people will take over any day, given half a chance!
cannibal From: cannibal Date: October 23rd, 2002 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, yeah, it was originated to sell candy, not greeting cards. Still, I did hear some of the media stuff about it before I left, and meant to send you flowers or something... I do feel like a bad boyfriend for not doing so, which is the one thing that a lot of those holidays seem designed to do. Blargh. If you don't buy your girlfriend something for sweetest day, you're bad. If you don't drink Blart beer, you're bad. If you don't smoke Camel cigarettes without filters, you aren't cool. Sounds like you didn't feel too bad about it, though, so I'm glad of that.

And I did get you a nice present on my trip!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 23rd, 2002 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I wouldn't call you a bad boyfriend or anything, no, because I wasn't expecting anything. It would have been an impressive deed if you had done so though, precisely because I wasn't expecting you to. Getting an unexpected present is always a wonderful and happy surprise.

Of course, you don't need a holiday to send a girl flowers or something.

I'm looking forward to my nice present! (:
cannibal From: cannibal Date: October 25th, 2002 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, yes, you're right, surprise gifts are nicest.
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