Have a Happy Victorian Valentine’s Day

Feb 9, 2012

Making Valentine’s Day cards with your child can create wonderful moments and lasting memories. And sometimes you are just grateful to have the experience behind you, as in the times when you end up making valentines for your child.

Let us explain: your child has come home from school and reported that she has been instructed to make one valentine for each child in her class, which adds up to a total mind-numbing 32 students. Initially, enthusiasm abounds. The dining room table is cleared and endless materials are dumped upon it. Your child nimbly climbs into a chair and squeals because she’s so excited. Hands are a blur with cutting, drawing and pasting. More and more details get added. These precious and personal notes pile up.

But as another name is crossed off the list, and yet the list still looms in the dozens, spirits begin to flag. Soon, your little one’s hand is cramped, her holiday mood has plummeted, and maybe she’s even dozed off, her lovely head resting right on the table, crayon still in hand. And you—you—spend the next two hours making dozens of valentines, trying to fake your handwriting appropriately so it resembles that of a seven-year-old author.

This year, if you are so inclined, you are invited to create a different kind of Valentine’s Day memory. The Huntington is offering a workshop, led by Laura Moede, where you and your child can create your own old-fashioned valentines. Step back into the Victorian era, learn about the history of Valentine’s Day, and have a change of heart—or create a whole new one—for the people you love.

Victorian Valentine Workshop
Saturday, Feb. 11th, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Recommended for ages 7-12
The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Road
Members: $25. Non-members: $30 (fee includes one accompanying adult)
Register by calling 626.405.2128



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