Valentine's Day Fun for the Whole Family

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that comes around every year on February 14th, and upon doing my own quick bit of research, the history surrounding this holiday seems to be somewhat unclear. 

It essentially started out as being a pagan fertility festival within the Roman Empire and a Pope later on tried to Christianize the holiday by honoring Saint Valentine. 

Saint Valentine went against an emperor in his time that didn’t want his soldiers homesick and in love, and outlawed marriage. 

Saint Valentine continued to marry people in secret, and when he was discovered he was sentenced to death. He fell in love with his jailer’s daughter, and left her a note signed, “love your Valentine” on February 14th, the day he was executed. 

Here is the video if you want to learn more about the history of the holiday and why we celebrate it.

Now let’s talk about the fun part of Valentine’s Day after that somewhat dismal description of its history! 

In our household, we celebrate Valentine’s Day by sharing small gifts of our love for each other. 

My husband and I try to go out for a nice dinner most years as well. 

Depending on how your family celebrates this holiday, I have a few fun ideas that are reasonable to do at home. 

Kids

Pinterest is just bursting with adorable craft ideas to do with the kids for Valentine’s Day. 

I love this idea of making giant rice krispy treats in the shape of Hershey kisses, which is so incredibly simple and inexpensive while being festive (and gluten free!).

If your children, especially those with special needs, have food sensitivities or allergies, or are tube-fed like my son, consider a non-food Valentine’s Day treat. 

These heart-shaped homemade crayons are cute! 

Date night

One way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your spouse is to go out for a nice dinner alone. 

Or you could consider having a date at home and make this festive heart shaped pizza! 

I also love the idea of enjoying wine or champagne with chocolate-covered strawberries, which is still festive and romantic without involving a pricey dinner and cost of a babysitter. 

Decorations

I love the idea of incorporating a sensory craft with our Valentine’s Day decorations. 

Our special needs son could easily participate and would enjoy getting his hands a bit messy with paint.

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