7 Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day as a Family

Confession: I have not always been a fan of Valentine's Day. As a mom, I objected to the commercialism, the sugar-high, and the obvious cheese-factor. Seemed something of a waste of time and energy, as far as I was concerned (guess that disqualifies me from the "Fun Mom of the Year Award"?).

But now our family – including this formerly dubious mom – looks forward to our Valentine's celebration each year.

So what changed? You wonder.

Mostly my attitude.

And I have my husband, Matthew, to thank for that. He began conspiring with the kids to come up with some sweet ideas on how they could bless each other ... and me.

Hard to refuse, right?

Not only that, but they somehow managed to avoid the sappy commercialism that I detested so much and put together a celebration that truly communicated love to one another.

And that's something this mom can get behind. To me, that's worth – more than worth – a little extra time and expense. I'm all about encouraging love around here!

So in case you too have had your doubts ... or have wanted to do something, but are looking for some creative ideas?

Here are 7 options for a Fun Family Valentine's Celebration!

1. Exchange Valentine's cards as a family.

You can make your own with construction paper, scissors, and crayons or coloring pencils.

2. Express love and appreciation for one another.

This one can be closely related to the first one. My husband encouraged each one of our children to share around the table what they loved and appreciated about each other. Some of them simply read their cards aloud, while others prepared a few thoughtful words to say. But you might want to have tissue ready – in case your son in college thanks you for the washed clothes and good food, for instance ... *sniff!

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