Often, the fondest childhood memories stem from family traditions that are lovingly repeated throughout the years. Growing up, my family tapestry wove a rich heritage colored with traditions. Family traditions, some intentionally designed with an emphasis on spiritual development, while others planned purely for crazy moments of fun, create a sense of identity and belonging. I always refer to traditions as the “We all” of family. In our unpredictable, busy schedules there are always certain things that family members can count on. Those traditions were, and still are, the “We all” of our family.
“We always” go to the Christmas tree farm on Black Friday. We always have devotions on the beach during our family reunion.
We always serve breakfast in bed on birthday blessing days
“We always” do this….(you fill in the blank).
Throughout scripture there are continual reminders and examples of feasts, fellowship, and celebrations. Times of remembrances occurred over and over – traditions.
When most of us think on this subject, we list traditions that have been established around Thanksgiving or Christmas, but we’ve never thought to give each month a memory moment of its own. The power of purposeful traditions stem throughout the entire year, not just a few holidays. Once a month memory moments have power when family identity is woven throughout the ordinary, making them extraordinary. When a level of significance is added to the ordinary repetition of life, a tradition is created.
If you haven’t already established some creative “We all” Valentine’s Day traditions, why not start one this year?
When we savor the small things, our lifestyle embraces the sentiment that the “little things are the big things”, and they don’t have to cost a penny. Here are just a few inexpensive ways you can start a special Valentine’s Day tradition with your family.
Even though Valentine’s Day falls on a week day, there are still some quick and easy ways to make breakfast extra special. Spend an Start the day with these special Valentine’s Day Love Muffins.
Write little notes of affection, or scriptures to encourage, on red and pink construction paper. While the muffins are baking, fold the love notes in half, and attach a ribbon to the top of each message. When the muffins are done baking, insert your special love notes into the tops of the muffins, leaving the ribbons exposed.
Use your own muffin recipe, a store bought one or use my “semi-homemade” Sour Cream Banana Cake recipe that whips up in minutes. The recipe is not important, it’s the combined nourishment of both tummy and soul that’s key.
2. Engage the power of encouraging words with the Ten Things I Love about you free printable cards. Tomorrow, have fun hiding these in creative places. Tuck them in a lunch bag, under a pillow, in a briefcase, underwear drawer or maybe even the cookie jar?
Make this treasure hunt reflect your family’s personality. With a mixture of scripture, clues, and silly verses, this can be as simple or elaborate as you choose. Read more about it here: Valentine’s Day Treasure Hunt of Love.
4. For the rest of the month, continue on with the Hearts of Loving Kindness Tradition. During February, our family’s character/virtue is kindness. By tying the learning of a virtue with a fun tradition, it engages the children’s hearts and encourages them to go “above and beyond” in their serving of others.
Phew, I am just getting started, and could share many more ideas, but hopefully that sparked your creative juices.
I am a tradition gatherer, so even though I have tons of tradition ideas on my blog for every holiday and celebration, I always enjoy trying something new.
Please share any plans or ideas you have for making Valentine’s Day extra special.
I’d love to hear them.
P.S. Honestly, my family is getting their Love Muffins tomorrow, but then I am giving them a rain check until Saturday. We have to be out the door early, and will not get home until well after dinner. I’ve realized that I can’t be a slave to my traditions or “thee day,” and often, flexibility brings freedom. 🙂
Shared by Jen, a lover of traditions, who is in constant pursuit of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.