Throughout this next week, be on the look out for a variety of tradition ideas to celebrate loving kindness all month long.
My Secret Valentine –
On the first day of February each person in the family draws one Heart Locket out of a hat that has the name of another family member written on the inside. For the next two weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, everyone does something nice each day for their Secret Valentine, without revealing who they are. When that person is in the shower, the bed gets made. When they are off to a friend’s house, one of their chores gets done. While they are busy studying, a sweet note with a treat is slipped under their pillow.
On Valentine’s Day everyone writes down three words that describe what they love about their Secret Valentine, along with their own name on the inside. They also place a photo of that person on the inside of the “Heart Locket” where the name used to be. Then display these lockets on the Love Cake and unveil your Secret Valentines at a special dinner. This is a wonderful way to teach your family that “things” aren’t the only gifts you can give. Afterwards, you can glue the hearts onto a Valentine’s Day card or scrapbook as a keepsake everyone will enjoy looking at next Valentine’s Day.