It’s almost February 14—time for the annual celebration of love. Your family traditions may include anything from hosting a fancy tea to exchanging homemade cards: here are a few more ideas for making the day special.
Love means giving more than things that can be bought with money. It means sharing personal time, attention, and creativity. Some examples:
Many families have a Thanksgiving tradition of going around the dinner table to let each member share what he or she is thankful for. Why not do the same on Valentine’s Day, having everyone share one thing they like about having each family member as a parent, child, or sibling? If anyone has a criticizing or arguing habit, they need this all the more, but give a couple of days’ advance notice so no one will feel put on the spot by immediate difficulty thinking of something to say.
Family love and traditions span generations. Help your children build emotional connections to their great-grandparents and other relatives they never got the chance to meet—as well as to your younger self.
Take a walk or drive through your neighborhood and see who can list the most sights that say “love” to them. Some possibilities:
Instead of buying all your cards and gifts in advance, why not make the shopping excursion part of your February 14 celebration? Have each family member contribute to a common pot for the day’s budget; pick a family-favorite store, mall, or farmer’s market; then head off on a group outing where everyone can select one additional gift for themselves. Culminate the day with a shared restaurant meal or movie/concert.
(You could adapt this idea to any number of themes: choosing one treat from a candy store, one magazine from a bookstore rack, one ride from an amusement park.)
A blessed Valentine’s Day to you all!