Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine's Day Traditions

Valentine's day traditions
Valentine's Day is creeping up again. I know there are a lot of mixed feelings about the holiday. Some love Valentine's Day while others view it as a commercialized holiday. I am split on it. I don't agree that there needs to be one day a year to display your love. You should show those you love your appreciation and affection every day. And, I certainly don't want anyone buying me anything on Valentine's Day.

But, on the flip side, now that I have kids, I look forward to Valentine's Day. It's a chance to do something extra special for my kids to let them know just how much I love them. It's a chance to keep traditions going. It's not about buying them gifts or material objects, but instead showing them how much I love them and how proud I am of them.

Over the years, I've come to create Valentine's Day traditions for my children. Here are a few we do in our home:

Hidden Messages
Every year, my husband and I cut out colorful hearts and write little messages on them for each of the kids. We write individual messages regarding certain things we love about them. Then, we hide them in random places, like sock drawers and lunch boxes for the kids to find throughout the day.

Mirror Messages
Every Valentine's Day, I write messages on the mirrors in the house the night before for my children to wake up and find. I let them know how much I love them and how proud I am of their accomplishments and the person they have become.

Home-made Cards
We don't buy our Valentine's Day cards. Instead, we gather as a family and make special home-made cards with heart felt messages in side. The kids and myself treasure these cards much more than those you would purchase at a store because of all of the hard work and love that goes into them.

Letters of Appreciation
We get so busy with our lives that we often forget to say thank you or show our gratitude. We use Valentine's day to write letters of appreciation. We draw a name out of a bucket and write a letter of appreciation and then read the letter to the person we picked.

There are so many wonderful things you can do to show your love and appreciation on Valentine's Day without having to spend a dime. What are some Valentine's Day traditions in your home?

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