It's almost that time of the year, when everything is red and love is in the air! Valentine's Day can be one of the better holidays. We are gifted with chocolate, jewelry and scrumptious meals at our favorite restaurants! Of course I am speaking from a woman's point of view! Once kids enter the picture of the loving red-heart couple, you will notice things seem to change a bit, the presents become cards and dinners now consist of takeout pizza, but it's ok, because we still love each other but now we have little hearts to cherish and dote on, so it really all balances out when you think about it. Although getting a baby sitter for a postponed "red letter date" later the next weekend does help to take the tarnish off of the magic of the romantic holiday! So this way we are all happy, loving and smiling and everyone gets a special time with loved ones.
What do you do for a family on Valentines's Day? You may assume you should take the family out somewhere fun, or go to a nice restaurant. But if you want to avoid the stress of the road, there is plenty to do at home. To make it a magical day, candy is a good way to start and maybe a movie and yes let's order take out, so we can miss out on the crowds and traffic, but most importantly lets make it fun! Just remember you don't have to spend a lot of money to show someone you love them! Here are a few things to make that extra special person feel loved and not forgotten without breaking the bank!
1. Movies at home. Cozy up on the couch with a few Valentine's movies and celebrate the celebration of life together as a family.
2. Crafts. Get out the construction paper, glue, scissors and all the things you will need to make home-made valentine cards. Once you have your cards made, cut out a few red hearts and have Mom and Dad hide them around the house and the one to find the most gets to pick out the next movie to watch.
3. Bake. Making cookies is always fun with kids, let them have free time decorating the cookies themselves. Kids imaginations are limitless when left to do their "own decorating".
4. Share. Having the family all together sometimes is difficult to do, so have each family member take time to sit down and share three things they love about their family.
5. Give. Don't forget your neighbors, especially the ones who live alone. Take them a home-made Valentine's card and a few cookies you made and make someone feel loved and not forgotten.
6. Gift ideas. Instead of buying gifts, make each family member a home-made gift. It will mean more to that person that you made it versus getting a store bought gift. Or if he kids are older make coupons books for each other, for instance take the family dog for a walk, help cook with Mom or help Dad with the care of the lawn.
Just remember whatever your plans are with your family, make sure you let each one of them know how much you love and appreciate them, but don't forget the best holiday is the day after Valentines's Day, when all the chocolate is discounted! Happy Valentine's Day to all!