Do you have family traditions for Valentine’s Day? We do.
I love holidays. We like to have a party, and we take every occasion we can to do so. (We even had a chicken pox party when our children had chicken pox. We colored red dots on paper plates and ate pizza with big round pieces of pepperoni and cookies with sprinkles.) So we’re having a Valentine’s Day party today.
Each year our party looks a little different. Usually, the children color and cut out hearts in all sizes to decorate our table. Sometimes we have red streamers. Sometimes we have red or pink flowers. Some years we eat only red things — lasagna or spaghetti. Some years we have heart-shaped pizza — the whole pizza shaped like a heart or the pepperoni arranged in the shape of a heart. One year we had heart-shaped hamburger patties and pink mashed potatoes. We usually have a special dessert — brownies with red and pink sprinkles, heart-shaped sugar cookies, a huge chocolate chip cookie decorated for Valentine’s Day. You get the idea — the cornier the better. 🙂
But the one tradition we do every year is the most important one. We talk about love and we take turns around the dining room table telling what we love about each person. This is the best part! This is where a brother looks at his big sister and says, “I love her because she shares with me.” or “I love her because she plans things for us to do every day.” This is where a sister looks at her little brother and says, “I love him because he makes us laugh so much.” or “I love him because he gives the best hugs.” This is the part that usually makes Momma cry.
Our children fuss and argue. They are struggling to learn self-control. Sometimes they even say things that absolutely are not allowed in our home, like “shut up” or “dummy.” We’re still teaching them. They aren’t perfect (and neither are their parents). But our children do love each other. They beg to sleep together at night. They snuggle together on the couch when they watch movies. They play together. They hug each other a lot. They share and they sacrifice for each other. God has laid upon our hearts, as parents, the importance of building up their love for each other, their friendship with each other. Our Valentine’s tradition is just one of the ways we try to do that.
What does your family do on Valentine’s Day?