Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"Tradition" Tuesday... It's Almost Valentine's Day!

It's February....the month of Love!  There's so many ways to let our family and friends know how much they mean to us and Valentine's Day is one of the perfect times to do just that!  I remember Valentine's Day as a child....selecting just the right valentine for each person in my school class.  Heaven forbid if a boy that had the "cooties" got one that could even possibly make him think you might like him!  Yes, they all had to be chosen very carefully.  Then came the fun part, decorating our "mail boxes" that the valentines would be put in!  I remember cutting paper hearts....red, pink, purple....all different sizes.  We carefully poured the glitter over the designs we had made with the glue and whatever else we happened to come up with each year.  After the party was over and I was back at home, I loved sitting in my living room with friends and going through each and every one of them. "Oooohhhh he likes you!"  Could it really be true?!  I was sure that EVERYBODY put as much thought into their valentines as I did.  Somehow, through those child-like eyes, we didn't notice that there were only so many messages in each box of Valentines....messages that kept repeating themselves on the next card.  But to us....they were magical....and just HAD to be true!  Besides the school party, there are many other things you can do with your family/friends to make Valentine's Day something they'll always look forward to.  Here are some of our favorites...
  • Decorate your home ~ lots of hearts, candles, or white twinkling lights 
  • Make your own Valentine's Day Cards to mail to family/friends that are far away
  • Have a special dinner by candle light with sparkling cider ~ with or without the kids
  • Make treats for the kids school classes
  • Go to Valentine's Day story time at the library
  • Scatter heart shaped wrapped chocolates around the house
  • Have a Valentine's Day party for your family/friends
  • Make a scrapbook of the kids valentines from their friends at school
  • Have a cookie/cupcake decorating party
  • Serve heart shaped food on Valentine's Day ~ pancakes/french toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, etc.
  • Scatter red/pink/white helium filled balloons around the house
  • Serve a heart shaped cake for dessert
  • Give each of the girls in your family a single red rose ~ teachers/grandma too.
  • Watch a Valentine's movie together (don't forget the popcorn!)
  • If you're single, have a sleep-over with the gals ~ have dinner, paint your nails, facials, pamper yourselves!  Talk, laugh, share your favorite snacks....make it a night of FUN!
  • Make "Candy Gram" Valentines
Ahhh....so many fun things to do and so many memories to be made!
What do you like to do for Valentine's Day?

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