I love any excuse to celebrate and be festive. One thing, though, I cannot get behind: trinkets for EVERY holiday at school! Seriously, it is not just Valentines we are passing out, we are “welcome to bring treats” for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Presidents’ Day, Groundhog’s Day, Easter parties, etc. As I write this I am staring at a bag of heart shaped silly putties with googly eyes that I begrudgingly scooped up at Target before the cheap trinkets run out. It is great that my son’s school is enthusiastic about holidays, and I am thankful that they do class parties. The kids enjoy the parties, and I enjoy having the opportunity to spend time with him and his class. But why are we encouraged to send trinkets?
Let’s make some memories and go home empty handed. The games, cupcakes, and pizza are enough. The trinkets and treat bags are excessive. The kids don’t pass out the treat to their friends. The teachers put them in the kids’ bags. So when we get home after the party, my son gets really excited for 5 minutes dumping his bag of loot out onto my living room floor. He checks everything out, eats some of it, plays with some of it, and then it’s over. I am left with torn plastic baggies, packs of donuts decorated like a snowman, and love bug jello cups to clean up. It all makes it way into the trash can. It is so sad. Some of the moms are very creative and put a lot of time and money into what they send to school. I am throwing away other families’ money.
My older son’s school has a strict no trinket policy. No complaints from him or our carpool friend. The kids would be fine and holidays are a busy time. Honestly, it’s always a busy time if you’re a parent, right?! The trinkets are just another item on the long to do list. Can we try a 90s theme class party? Let’s get sugared up wearing a themed hat we made in art class and pass out old school Valentines (a card with a lollipop taped to the front).