Just as many traditions and plans have been altered this year, Valentine’s Day is no exception. Finding a nice venue for a date night may be challenging due to occupancy restrictions and limited outdoor seating. For some, indoor activities in public places are simply not an option, so families are resorting to new ways to make Valentine’s Day special at home. Whether you are looking for a simple at home Valentine’s Day for this year only, or to create new, cherished traditions, the options are plenty.
- Love Letters: A simple and inexpensive way to show love for Valentine’s Day is by writing compliments for your child each day, starting February 1st. Small mailboxes are easy to find for $1, or make your own from a shoebox. Each morning your child will be beam at the words of affirmation. Tip: make compliments specific and sincere. For my 3 year old, I will write things like, “I love how you ask before taking” because that is something we have been working on. With my seven year old, I will praise her for being so responsible with her virtual schooling.
- Acts of Kindness: All February, make a simple list of kind acts your family can complete. Acts can range from simple to grand. Examples: Pay for the person’s drink in the drive-thru line behind you. Give a compliment to a stranger. Draw a picture for a friend. Collect non-perishables to donate to FeedMore or your local Food Bank.
- Love day cuisine: A fun and less expensive way to enjoy Valentine’s as a family is to cook together at home. Special occasion foods in our family are: fondue, crepes, chocolate covered strawberries, and decorating sugar cookies.
- Dance the night away: For active families, transforming a room in your house into a dance floor is exciting. We like to move all the furniture out of the living room, turn the lights out and plug in my daughter’s star projector. Dressing up optional, but always recommended.
- LOVEworks Scavenger Hunt: While you have to leave the house for this one, social distancing is no problem. Search for local LOVEworks in your area. Before finding them read up on how they were created. Pose with each sign you find, and don’t forget to post them on social media using #valoveworks.
Although Valentine’s Day might look different this year, it can still be memorable. Talk with your family about ways to make the holiday unforgettable and create new traditions at home.
Richmond on the Cheap contributor Lindsay Garrison is a Richmond, Virginia based Mom to two young children. A graduate from Chesterfield Schools and Randolph-Macon College, Lindsay is proud to call Richmond home. In the years prior to planning activities and outings with her own children, she was a French teacher. During her tenure she earned accolades for her creative teaching style and ability to connect with her students. Lindsay now applies the skills she learned when she was planning student trips to France, to her own family adventures. She can’t wait to take her own children to France one day! Follow her adventures at @thegarrisonsrva
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