Thursday, February 28, 2008

Valentine’s Day Simplified

Venture into any store and you’ll see evidence of another commercialized holiday gone wild! As soon as the Christmas displays are cleaned up, out come the fancy chocolates, flowers, stuffed animals, cards (with or without music of course) and the “can’t live without ‘em” boxer shorts with little hearts.

Is this really what you need to show someone you love them? Of course not! With a little creativity you can make Valentine’s Day special without blowing your budget.

For your husband, or anyone else you would like to feel special this Valentine’s Day, here are some ideas to get you started:
● Frame a special photo

● Make a homemade heart-shaped cake with a special message

● Write a poem, song or a list of “What I Love About You”

● Assemble a small and simple scrap book or photo album

● For your husband, prepare his favorite meal at home complete with candlelight and tablecloth, and arrange for a babysitter if necessary

● Write an “I Love You” message on their car window or leave a note in their vehicle

● Send a special text message or email to the recipient at work

● If you have children, have them create homemade cards for family members

Since Valentine’s Day is all about love, what a great time to share the love of Christ with family, friends and neighbors. This particular holiday can leave people feeling lonely and left out, so take this opportunity to put a smile on their face with homemade cookies or a simple hand-made valentine card.