I spent most of my life in Michigan where Valentine’s Day was a day that everyone anticipated. After months of cold and dreary weather, it was fun to celebrate with red hearts, fresh flowers, and sweet candy. But Valentine’s Day is not just a day for romantic couples—it’s also a day that families can enjoy with their children and grandchildren.
The school where my kids attended allowed the students to bring valentines to share with their classmates. Bringing valentines was not mandatory, but those who wanted to bring valentines were required to bring them for all of the students. I agreed with that rule!
When my kids were in elementary school, I wanted to enjoy the day with our family in addition to sending valentines to school with my kids. We played a family game called “Secret Valentine,” which is similar to the “Secret Santa” game that many play at Christmas. We drew names from a cup and kept it a secret. For a few days prior to Valentine’s Day, we would do acts of kindness for our secret valentine. Making someone’s bed, writing a note, or leaving a sweet treat on their pillow were some of the ways we would be kind to our secret valentine. Then on Valentine’s Day we would reveal who our secret valentine was and give them one more special treat.
Another fun idea is to give coupons to friends or family members. This month’s issue of Clubhouse Jr. magazine has a page of kindness coupons that kids can cut out and share. It goes beyond the traditional valentine as the coupons allow children to help or encourage others. The coupons also include a Bible verse on the back to remind us that loving others is God’s idea!