Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Day

So many people really dislike Valentine's Day because of the whole commercialism of it all. I am not going to say that I don't agree to some degree but I do love the message that can be shared on that day. I don't view Valentine's Day as a holiday between my husband and myself but instead of a whole family celebration. Although I tell my children every day that I love them I love to take the time out during Valentine's Day to celebrate that love. I am not into buying them things as much as spending the day doing things together and remembering what the day is all about.

I think it is fun to engage the kids in fun crafts to celebrate the day. My oldest daughter who is five is obsessed with making hearts for everyone. I think I will let her plaster the house with them when she is done.

Another fun idea we are going to implement this year is to have a "red" dinner. I got this idea from a neighbor of mine and I think it is a great one! I am planning to make pasta and meatballs with red sauce and then follow it up with a fun dessert...maybe jello, or a red cake, or chocolate covered strawberries.

I will also probably have my kids make something for my husband. An idea I like is filling a jar with loving sentiments that he can read throughout the year. Just little reminders of why they love him so much.

So, although it is easy to get caught up in the commercialism of the holiday I do think that kids really enjoy celebrating it. I think it is a lovely thing because the message of the day can be so wonderful and nurturing. I encourage everyone to take time for the simple things on that day and commit yourself to remembering why you love your family. 

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