Several years ago I was standing in line at the supermarket behind a little girl and her daddy. All the Valentines decorations were up, enticing customers to purchase candy hearts, chocolates, flowers, and balloons, as they whisked out the door. This little girl turns to her dad and says, "Daddy, what is Valentines Day?" And his response: "It's a Hallmark Holiday--just a another marketing scheme to get consumers to buy more stuff."The little girl just sat there and said, "oh." like she understood all that!
I thought that was funny. And true.
But just like anything that has turned totally hyper-consumerism and commercial in our day and age (Ahem...Christmas), we have the power to take it back and make it special for our kids! I don't think totally secluding ourselves from all holidays is the answer. I think creating fun family traditions and enjoying it, is the key!
This year our friend Arianne planned a Valentines themed book party, for all the homeschool kids. Each child picked his favorite book, and made themed Valentines to go along with it. I thought it was such a brilliant idea and wanted to share.
One of our most favorite things to do is go to the children's section, pick up a pile of about 20 random books, and then come home and read them. This is how we have found some of our favorite authors and illustrators.
The week leading up to the party we went to the library and went through all our favorite authors in the children's books. We picked up everything from Dr. Seuss to Dave Shannon to Mo Willems to Mercer Mayer.
We finally settled on the "The Little Critter,"by Mercer Mayer which never grows old for my kids.
We made Valentines from one of the books we checked out. It was Zadok's idea to put popsicle sticks on them, so people could hold them up.
The party was really fun, hanging out and chatting with friends...friends who love books just as much as we do!
This year, Valentines reminded me how much we love books. I think this will be a great tradition to carry on in our family! Thanks Arianne!