Valentine's Day is one of the holidays that has morphed from a simple expression of love to a huge consumer event. I can't believe how my local stores had entire aisles devoted to Valentine kitsch. Do I need a $1 red, sparkly votive candle holder? Do I need 10 of them?
Let's let our actions express our love. When my daughter and her friends were little I would have Valentine tea parties for them. I would decorate the table with flowers, red napkins, and pretty, but sturdy silverware and china. I would make banana bread and serve a red zinger punch in tea cups. The punch is simple, mix cooled red zinger tea (Celestial Seasons) and apple juice. Equal amounts of each. This tea party is so simple, but it made the girls feel extra special. Oh, don't forget the candles.
How about making your family their favorite dinner? Set the table nicely, but it doesn't need to be elaborate unless your family enjoys a formal table. Make a simple, but fulfilling dinner. A burnt out, frazzled cook doesn't send out love vibes. Above all, enjoy yourselves.
Oh, a little self love is needed today. Let me get you started: you are doing a good job and are a loving, caring friend and family member. Thank you.