In case you haven’t noticed all the pink monstrosities eating up every grocery store entrance…Valentine’s Day is upon us. ONE WEEK, PEOPLE! Social media will start spouting things about all the expectations that girls have and how all the guys are supposedly terrified of this “holiday.”
So I’m going to step in and share what hubby and I do every Valentine’s Day. It’s a tradition and I give you full permission to steal it and use it for yourself.
A Very Brandes Valentine:
Back when we were dating, hubby (at that time known as “handsome-guy-in-whom-I-was-very-twitterpated”) called me up and asked if I was busy that evening. (Yes, the evening of Valentine’s Day.) No, of course I wasn’t busy. I was just over at a friend’s house playing German board games. (Isn’t that what all girls do to pass the time?)
So, he drove to my town and we met up at my apartment, where we make a gigantor pazookie. (If you don’t know what a pazookie is, it’s basically a giant half-baked cookie that you can’t possibly eat on your own…topped with ice cream.)
And hubby whipped out a movie. “You up for a movie-night?”
It was The Sword in the Stone. Yes, the Disney cartoon. What a man. (He’s mine, ladies.)
By the next Valentine’s Day we were married so I thought it fitting to make another pazookie and pop in my favorite Disney movie: Beauty and the Beast. Funny how much better a movie can be when you’re eating cookie death and snuggling with the best person in the world. (Tweet this.)
Thus our tradition began.
Perk 1: Virtually No Planning
We alternate years choosing a Disney movie, we make some sort of dessert that will kill us (or buy one if we’re feeling lazy–which is allowed) and then we grab the fuzziest blanket and settle in.
So…in case you need ideas on Disney movies, here’s what we’ve watched over the past seven years:
- Hubby 2011: Sword in the Stone
- Nadine 2012: Beauty and the Beast
- Nadine 2013: Tangled (I cheated and picked two years in a row because I really wanted to watch Tangled with hubby.)
- Hubby 2014: Aladdin
- Nadine 2015: Mulan (hubby thought he hated it, but then I made him watch it because ha ha, it was my turn to pick…and he ended up liking it. #iwin)
- Hubby 2016: The Jungle Book (in preparation for the live action Jungle Book that came out that year.)
- Nadine 2017: I STILL HAVE NO IDEA. (Tarzan? Cinderella? The Lion King?)
Perk 2: No Stress
I love love love our little tradition because it takes away any potential stress in planning something (not that we’d get stressed out anyway. Because we’re not those type of people.) Also, it makes us look forward to Valentine’s Day. (Because dessert and Disney!!!) Sometime around Christmas I start thinking, “Oooh, what Disney movie are we going to watch on V-Day?” We end up not watching many Disney movies throughout the regular year because we save them as something special for Valentine’s Day.
Perk 3: FREEEEEE
By the way, this tradition IS. BASICALLY. FREE. It’s not hard to rent (or buy/borrow) a Disney movie–every movie rental place in the world has them. And a pazookie is just $2 of cookie dough all plopped on a baking tray. 😛
Perk 4: It doesn’t have to be a date
So maybe you’re happily single (or unhappily single?) or you’re super young or super old OR WHATEVER. Anyone can do this. You can do a V-Day slumber party with friends (or, for the guys, a dude hangout with a lot of pop and M & Ms where your sisters donate brownies and cookies and pies). It can be a date. Or it can be a non-date. Either way, you end up with dessert and a movie. *high five*
Perk 5: You’ll never run out of movies
Chances are that Disney will produce at least one animated film per year. Sometimes even two. So you never have to worry about running out of movies! Besides, there’s huge rewatch value on some of those old originals.
So there you have it. A no-planning, stress-free, costless, fun, memorable, tasty Valentine’s Day tradition. That’s the Brandes
not-so-secret secret. Now excuse me while I run to pick out this year’s movie.
Do you have a Valentine’s Day tradition?
How do you feel about V-Day? Stressed? Excited? Neutral?