Created on: February 12, 2013 Last Updated: February 14, 2013
Traditionally, Valentine's Day has been a holiday for celebrating romantic love between sweethearts. Today, more and more people are choosing to celebrate Valentine's Day with family and friends. This is especially popular for people who are single, or for couples who wish to include their children in the festivities.
Turning Valentine's Day into a family celebration is as easy as implementing some new traditions. Simple and fun activities can help everyone involved appreciate love and learn to demonstrate affection for others. There are many ways to celebrate Valentine's Day that can include the entire family:
Many couples set aside Valentine's evening for a date night, leaving children with sitters or grandparents. Instead, the day can be used for a family date. Choose a destination that is agreeable to everyone. Include as many family members as would like to go. Places such as museums, aquariums and theaters can be enjoyed even if the weather is cold.
Afterwards, a family dinner or lunch can be enjoyed in a leisurely fashion. Over the meal, all the adults can tell stories about falling in love with their partners, or stories about their first loves. If a family date day is scheduled early enough, it still leaves enough time for couples to enjoy a romantic dinner later in the evening.
Part of the joy of Valentine's Day is choosing the right card for every special person. This tradition can be taken further by taking time to call distant relatives just to say "I Love You". Even affectionate texts and emails can be sent. They are certain to brighten someone's day. Encourage each person contacted to pass the message on to others they may know.
Today's families are constantly on the go. Therefore, spending a day at home with just family may be more enjoyable. Decorate the living area with hearts, balloons, flowers and other Valentine's Day decor. Set up a table with sweet treats and snacks with a Valentine's theme.
Throughout the day, everyone can treat themselves to candy and cupcakes. This can be made even more fun if messages are written out ahead of time and hidden in or under the desserts. A mix of love songs (both romantic and upbeat) can be played in the background while family members play games or talk.
Family movie marathon
Another fun "at-home" way to celebrate Valentine's is by renting or buying a selection of romantic films. Choose films that are appropriate for all members of the family.
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