I’ve never really been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. For me it was just a marketing tool used to rake in thousands of dollars and convince millions of people to buy and eat large amounts of sugar…. commercialism at it’s best!
However, five years ago I started a new Valentine’s Day tradition with our family. A special evening where we focus on God’s love for us and the love we have for each other. I decorate our house with lots of hearts and bible verses that express God’s love for us. I usually make chicken cordon bleu because the entire family really likes it and then I make a special dessert. This year, dessert was VERY simple as being 37 weeks pregnant I’m low on energy! I bought gluten free pretzels and put a Hershey’s kiss on each one and popped them into the oven at 170 for about 5 minutes. Then I topped each one with a pink m&m. They were a huge hit.
I also try to make something special for each family member. This year I made each person a presentation of 10 things I love about each one. Each night starting on Valentine’s Day everyone scratches a heart off to reveal one thing I love about them. We have all really enjoyed this nightly activity.
Rather than give in to the commercial take on Valentine’s Day try making it a family devotional time and an opportunity to be a blessing to your family!