I’m sure as some of you read this you’re wondering if your child is staying safe at the Valentine’s Day party at school. I don’t know that feeling, as we are planning on homeschooling at this point. I can’t imagine the stress many food allergy parents go through on holidays and during the class parties that MUST, according to many parents, go on. I like to have fun and celebrate, but let’s face it, I think Valentine’s Day has gotten out of hand, and the whole purpose of showing ones love has gotten so materialized it’s hardly about love anymore. So what do people want out of V-Day anyway, and what’s the skinny on all the cards, chocolate, and flowers? Mylan, the makers of Epi-pen, released some interesting myths and facts about V-Day, and I find them interesting. Read on to see how well you know Valentine’s Day facts. (Click on graphic for larger view)
Myth or Fact: Valentine’s Day is the most popular occasion for sending greeting cards
Myth! According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 145 million greeting cards will be bought for Valentine’s Day, making it the second most-popular card-sending occasion in the U.S. Christmas is the most popular.
Myth or Fact: Everyone loves to get a box of chocolates
Myth! For people who have potentially life-threatening (severe) allergies, getting a box of chocolate might not be a welcome gift. Many chocolates may contain some of the most common food allergens like cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.
Myth or Fact: The average adult spends more than $100 to celebrate Valentine’s Day
Fact! The average adult celebrating the holiday will shell out $126.03, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2012 Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions survey.
Myth or Fact: More than half of people purchased flowers or plants as gifts for Valentine’s Day 2013
Myth! Twenty-five percent of adults purchased flowers or plants as gifts for Valentine’s Day 2013; of those, 64% were men and 36% were women, according to AboutFlowers.com.
Myth or Fact: You can experience a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) from a kiss
Fact! It is possible to experience a life-threatening allergic reaction if you kiss someone who has eaten something to which you are allergic. Your best bet is to ask your loved one to stay away from your allergens before you pucker up.
What special things are you going to do to love the food allergic person in your life? I suggest making safe treats for them like Chocolate Sunbutter S’mores Dip, homemade bread, or chocolate cake. Whatever you do, keep it real, connect with the ones you love, read every label, and carry your Epi-pen. Happy Valentine’s Day!