I can remember loving Valentine’s Day as a little girl. You know- the fun boxes that we made at school to collect the Valentines. The trip to the store to buy just the right box of Valentines to give out to the class. The lining up of Valentines across the floor- in order- from the degree of “gooshiness” to those that were “friendly.” The boys had to have only friendly ones just in case someone might get the wrong idea. The party at school complete with red Hi-C and cupcakes and games and a room mother and a box full of Valentines. And then inevitably my dad would bring home a heart box full of chocolate goodness. He rarely bought us candy so this was a huge treat.
Today, Valentine’s Day has become so commercialized. The simplicity of the day has been lost. No longer are Valentines alone good enough- they must be accompanied by candy and trinkets to be worthy. Expensive dates. . .over the top gifts. . .always looking for that perfect way to say “love.”
So in the spirit of simplicity- here are 10 fun, simple ways to have fun with your family without breaking the bank.
1. Make individual homemade pizzas. Form a heart with the crust.
2. Sing a love song to your mate in front of your kids. Video it for posterity or to simply embarrass you on Facebook.
3. Cut out red hearts. Write a fun message on each heart. Place them around the house. Be corny. Be funny. Be serious. Be whatever makes your family’s heart beat a little faster.
4. Cook spaghetti with marinara sauce for supper. Have a little fun doing the “Lady and the Tramp” spaghetti slurp. One piece of spaghetti with ends in two people’s mouth. Take pictures!
5. Write messages on large hearts (or chalkboard hearts!) to family members far away telling them how much you love them. Take pictures of family members holding the hearts with your phone and send them the message.
6. Make Valentine’s Day breakfast parfaits. Just layer yogurt and strawberries.
7. Do an act of love for someone who might be lonely. Perhaps a recent widow. Bring her a box of chocolates, a plate of cookies or a Valentine. Just because.
(Side note: When my grandpa died, I remember my grandma telling me that she would miss the heart full of chocolates he would bring her on Valentine’s Day or the random candy bar he would bring her from town. Every so often- I send her chocolates. Just because.)
8. Buy a box of conversation hearts. Give everyone a heart or two. Start a story using one heart. Go around to each family member adding to the story- but it has to use the phrase from a conversation heart. (Um. For younger kids you might want to check the sayings on the hearts first. Just in case, you know.)
9. Have a heart healthy night. Go to the Y or to the park and do something active a family. Make hearts that have active things to do written on them. Take turns drawing the hearts from a hat and doing them (jump on one foot for one minute, do 20 jumping jacks, do 10 sit ups).
10. Pick a Bible verse about love or the heart together. Make it the family verse for the month. Write it creatively and place it on a wall, mirror or fridge.
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