If you have followed my Christ-centered Thanksgiving and Christmas activity posts then I hope you love this one as well. I wanted to put together activities last year to make Valentine’s day more meaningful, but then my Grandma died and life got crazy and I didn’t have a chance to get to it. This year I started early, because February is actually going to be crazier this time around with a wedding and a baby blessing, but those have been planned with ample notice, whereas funerals just happen when they need to happen.
As I was thinking through incorporating the wedding and the baby blessing into the calendar, lines from the Family: A Proclamation to the World kept coming to mind. Initially I put it out of my mind and thought it wasn’t really related to Valentine’s day, and then it hit me that if I want to make Valentine’s Day meaningful then really Valentine’s Day is ALL about the family and the teachings in the Proclamation.
Obviously some of our bigger activities are not universal (unless you also have a family member getting married in February and another family member who recently had a baby, in which case we should be friends!), so I’ve tried to include a few ideas for alternate or extra activities that go along with the same theme. And if you are a member of another faith, I’m sure you can still incorporate these ideas based on your beliefs, and I think you will find more similarities than differences in the beliefs outlined in the Proclamation on the family.
- I love to see the temple- walk around the temple (or if you live too far away look at pictures) and explain it’s importance.
- “THE FAMILY is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan… The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.” Wedding time!
- If you don’t have a wedding to go to this month, or even if you do, you could pull out wedding albums, pictures, that wedding DVD you watched like once, and any other mementos from your wedding and show them to your kids. Talk to them about your wedding day and how special it was.
- “Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity.” Baby blessing time!
- Pull out baby pictures and any mementos from when your kids were blessed (or Christened). Tell them about their blessing and how much of a blessing it is to have them in your life.
- Learn the song Love One Another, Children’s Song Book pg. 136. Including the sign language could be really fun. This is a really great activity to throw in on a day you know will be very busy.
- “HUSBAND AND WIFE have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. ” Trade off date nights with the kids. Obviously this is going to look different for each family depending on the number of kids, but for us we’ll do this over two nights, I’ll take one kid and my husband will take the other and then the next night we’ll switch. Go as simple or as big as your budget and your calendar allow. Maybe it’s just a walk or ice cream (or a walk to ice cream so it cancels out!) or maybe it’s bigger like a performance or game. The biggest thing is that it’s dedicated time to them and their interests.
- See above (and if you’re family is big enough you could just do one on ones the rest of the time until Valentine’s day and ignore the rest of the list!)
- We love our cousins! We’ll be blessed to have cousins visiting so we’ll party hard with them, but if cousins aren’t available you could make Valentine’s to mail to them.
- We love our grandparents! Make Valentine’s for grandparents
- “Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” Do a wholesome recreational activity as a family. For us this will probably be the Renaissance Festival.
- Heavenly Father loves us so he gave us a Prophet. In Arizona we will have a special fireside with President Nelson and President Oaks this day.
- If you’re not in AZ you could talk about going to church to take the sacrament and read John 3:16.
- Make a fun heart craft
- “Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” Focus on compassion, do some kind of service project. We will probably take a meal to a refugee family through Gathering Humanity.
- Make Valentine’s for friends and classmates (and by make, I mean write their names on little store bought cards, but if you’re crafty and into really making cute Valentine’s for everyone then POWER to you!)
- Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself- take treats to neighbors. We started this a few years ago and our neighbors LOVE it. Christmas time always gets so busy and we always end up getting sick so I decided to stop pretending like I was going to take around Christmas treats and now we just do Valentine’s day treats. It’s way better than hunting down a babysitter and trying to get in to an overcrowded restaurant.
Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope this helps you make the time very meaningful for your family!