While it’s often thought of as a holiday dedicated to swooning couples and sweet, romantic gestures, Valentine’s Day also brings a great opportunity for you and your entire family to take time out from busy schedules and show each other how much you love and appreciate one another. Getting the kids tuned into celebrating the day of love is easy. Help them create an itinerary for the entire day that includes holiday-themed meals, snacks, crafts and special activities. Here are some suggestions for fun ways to fill your family’s Valentine’s Day agenda.
Special Snacks, Meals and Treats
Handmade Valentines and Love Notes
In today’s technological age, it seems like sitting down and actually drafting a handwritten letter is becoming something of a long lost art. Dedicate part of your time on Valentine’s Day to have each person hand write a personal love letter to each family member. Write down how much you love them, what they mean to you and what makes them special.
You can also verbally express your love to each other in a fun, love notes game. Make fill-in-the-blank slips that say things like: I love (blank) about you. You are special to me because (____). My favorite memory of us is when we (____). You are great at (____). You really made me smile when you (____), and so on. Make at least two to three slips per family member, fold them and put them in a bowl or jar. Then take turns drawing out a slip, reading it aloud and filling in the blank for each of your family members. This game is guaranteed to generate some loving, heartfelt smiles.
Taking time to express your love for each other with cards, notes and kind words will undoubtedly be the best Valentine’s Day gift you can give each other and will be something you can treasure forever.
Family Fun Night
Lori Melton is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.