Most people who know me know that I’m a bit of a Valentine’s Day scrooge. I’ve never been a fan of the day. Maybe it stems from my many years as a boyfriend-less teen, I don’t know. Whatever the reason, even when not single, it’s just never been my cup of tea. However, being a mom changes you ever so slightly and I enjoy holidays, even the super commercialized ones, for them. After hearing about (and buying) the book, Sacred Holidays, I thought I’d give this holiday a bit more of a shot.
If you’re wondering what this book is about, it’s a guide to setting the holidays apart from the everyday and inviting Jesus into each one. There are suggestions on how to do both and advice on how not to let it all overwhelm you. It’s very much a “you don’t have to do everything but it’s good to do something” kind of approach. So, what can I do to make this holiday special for my family? In the past, I did a small love note box for my husband and me. It was really sweet and kind of funny depending on what we wrote but we never did it again. Like I said, I’m such a Valentine scrooge that I sometimes forget it altogether. This year I thought I’d do something very similar and get the boys in on it too.
All you need is a box/bucket/container to collect the notes, scrap paper and a pen. I bought this bucket from Walmart for just under $2 and everything else I had in my house. Place it in a place that you and your family will see it every day. If you place it out of the way, it will get forgotten.
Explain what it’s for, that you can add as many notes as you want. Encourage smaller kiddos to draw pictures that show they love their family. You can make them specific to each family member or general. Whatever you love about your family/family members, put it in the bucket. Did someone do something nice for you? Thank them with a note and put it in the bucket.
On the 14th, open the bucket at dinner time or have a special Valentine treat and let everyone read all the special notes inside. It’s great way to express what we can so often take for granted. I’m super excited to see what the boys come up with and I have a feeling I’ll probably have to put out more scrap paper before the 14th rolls around.
Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions? Let me know in the comments!