The stuffed Elvis impersonating cupid doll singing,”hunka hunka burnin’ love,” may be cute and all, but does it really say,” I love you?” I always hear people ranting about Valentine’s Day being created by the card companies. Why not take it upon ourselves to make it a real day or month for that matter. A simple gesture that speak volumes and only costs as much as a piece of paper, pencil, and a little time.
What you will need:
Take the entire month of February and notice your sweetheart. Really pay attention to what they do, how they act, their silly little quirks. Remember when you first started dating and you almost obsessed over all these little things? Over the years it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day stress’ and let those little things you see everyday kind of slip by you.
Assign you and your partner a color. Example: Grab some construction paper, you use purple and your partner is to use orange. The color doesn’t matter, it’s only to show who wrote what.
Now go live your lives, do what you do, just continue on your daily duties.
Each day, individually take moments throughout the day to notice your partner and jot down things that you notice, things that make you happy, things that you love, things that make you giggle, or even things that you forgot they did.
Write them down, rip it away from your assigned sheet and place it into the jar*
Write down as many or as little as you each want. Remember not to judge the other because they didn’t write as many as you or theirs aren’t as “good” as yours.
On Valentines Day stay in, spend time together, have a special dinner, snuggle on the couch and watch a movie. During your special time, get out your jar that you both have been slipping little notes into and read each and every one outloud to one another. Take the time to say thanks-yous, laugh about them, talk about them, spend the entire evening talking about why you both love each other. Make Valentines Day a day to remember why you chose who you chose.
Don’t let this tradition stop on Valentines Day, keep it going! No matter how small, one little comment really can make someone’s day.
Kids will love this idea as well. Create a jar for them to draw little photos for you or give you special notes, and for you for them as well.
*use any vessel: a shoe box,can, jar, etc.
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