I am not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. To me it is just a Hallmark Holiday that shames men into spending WAY to much to prove their love. Have you looked at the price of a dozen roses on Valentine’s Day vs any other day of the year!?!?! I think love should be shown every day in simple ways, not just one day a year. But I will digress…. You see, now that I have children, I want to make all the holidays special for them…. Even if that means focusing on a holiday I feel is, well, I already explained. So I buy them their candy conversation hearts and do crafty things with them to make the holiday special.
One example of this is our Valentine’s Day Love Bugs. When we started out, all I knew is I had some toilet paper rolls that we could recycle and a stash of craft supplies…. We just let our imaginations and creativity take over. What those tubes turned into were Love Bugs. There was no steps to follow, no right or wrong, just quality time spent together, giggling and being creative.
In the end, yes, we made some very cute little Valentine’s Day critters to decorate the house with. But what we really got, that goes back to my whole philosophy about doing little things to show love every day, we spent time together doing something fun. And in the end, isn’t that what love is really about?
So why not grab a few toilet paper tubes (if you don’t have any, just keep wiping and you will!) and some odds and ends from around the house and see what kind of Love Bugs you can create. Better yet, take time to slow down and enjoy the moments and memories you make together while doing this little project. Because in the end, it isn’t the gift, project, or “thing” that makes Valentine’s Day special….. It is the love you share doing whatever it is you do.