Share the Love this Valentine’s – Host a Lotsa-Love FestPosted by MeckMom on Feb 2, 2008 in Popular Posts: Family Fun, Popular Posts: Free Printables, Popular Posts: Holiday | 6 comments
You guys have probably figured out by now that I love the holidays…even the little ones. They give me a chance to break up the everyday routine and inject a little fun into our family life. This Valentine’s Day I decided to try a new family tradition…we’re calling it our Lotsa-Love Fest.
I found the orginal idea on Family Fun’s website in their Valentine’s Traditions section. In the post, Teresa J talks about setting up a “Secret Post Office” in their house so her family can send each other anonymous messages throughout the month of February. I thought it was a cute idea and a great way to encourage my family to spread the love in the two weeks before the big day.
In our version, I had the kids color and decorate their own Lotsa-Love envelopes. I made one for Mom & Dad as well and then we posted them on the wall in the kitchen. I also printed some simple fill-in-the-blank valentine messages to make creating a lotsa-love message a little easier. You can find the free file download below. I keep the notes and a stash of crayons in a heart-shaped basket on the kitchen table for easy envelope access. Over the course of the next two weeks, we’ll spreading the love by leaving messages, pictures and treats in each other’s envelopes. Each morning at breakfast we’ll check our envelopes and show off our new mail. To kick off our festivities tonight, I wrote a special message for each of my kids and added a small stuffed animal (from the dollar spot at Target) to their envelopes.
It’s not much…just a simple and inexpensive way to jazz up these chilly winter days and help my family show a little extra love this Valentine season. If you’d like to check out lots of other great Valentines traditions I recommend you check out Family Fun’s website. I found several clever ideas that I plan to try this year. Just thought I’d pass it on.
If you’ve got a Valentine tradition that your family loves I hope you’ll post it for the rest of us in the comments area for the rest of us to enjoy. Thanks.
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