It is customary to list and tell people all of the wonderful things about them on this very special day of the year. And although it is often considered a Hallmark Holiday – (and rightly so; the Valentine revenue for Hallmark is staggering!), February 14th, Valentine’s Day, is rooted in stories of the Christian martyr St. Valentine.
So how will you show the people you love on this special Valentine’s Day that you want them to be your valentine?
- Let them see that you love them: a smile on your face tells it all.
- Let them hear that you love them: say the words “I love you”.
- Let them know you love them through the sense of smell: there’s a reason that fragrant flowers and rich chocolate are considered Valentine essentials – they smell wonderful!
- Children love fancy cupcakes with sprinkles, some pink icing and heart decorations are perfect! This is a delicious way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
- Let them feel your love by holding hands, lots of kisses and hugs, snuggling with a good book and taking time to really be together.
Focusing on love and concentrating on the way to show people you love them should not be for only one calendar day in the year. For most of us it isn’t. But why not join the crowd and “do it up” for this day?
- Hide a valentine card under your child’s pillow to be discovered first thing in the morning.
- Make a big, bright sign that says “Happy Valentine’s Day” that children will see first thing out of bed.
- Sprinkle little paper hearts around the house that are left by Cupid.
- Mix up some pancakes and cook them in heart shapes at night. Toast them in the morning as a surprise– serve with strawberry milk.
- Wear red clothes and tell your children your Valentine’s Day name is Cupid.
- Hide special love notes in lunch boxes or backpacks, behind the couch…to be discovered during the day.
- Make red jello for a snack.
- Use paper doilies on the table with pink and red ribbon – kids think this is fancy.
- Make a list of all the things you love about each person in your family to be displayed on the fridge and read throughout the day.
- Read a book about love at bedtime.
- Don’t miss a chance to say “I love you”.
- Repeat throughout the year.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
“All you need is love, love. Love is all you need” John Lennon
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director