I live in a house divided. My husband and youngest child believe that Valentine's Day is just another way to sell cards, flowers and assorted gifts. They believe you should show the ones you love that you love and care about them every day. I don't disagree. However, I think that having a day set aside to acknowledge the ones we love is important. Often, we forget to stop and appreciate those we love.
I'm not saying this needs to be done with expensive flowers, cards, teddy bears, or expensive dinners. It's not about spending money. This can be nice meal made at home and a note letting your loved ones know what you love about them and how much you appreciate them.
When my kids were little, I made hearts out of paper and put character traits that they had on each heart. They were kind, thoughtful, etc. I wrote something different for each of them. I wanted them to know that they are both different and wonderful in their own ways. I put these on their door, and on Valentine's morning they would see the traits that I love about them. Of course, I would also leave them a few pieces of candy for the day. This has become a tradition in our house. This does not cost me a lot of money but it reminds them how much I love them.
As I said, my husband doesn't believe in celebrating Valentine's Day. But he does show all of us that he loves us every day. When my daughter and I were diagnosed with celiac my husband and I decided to make the house gluten-free. Never once has he complained about this. The main cook in our house happens to be...you guessed it, my husband! He has adapted all of his recipes to be gluten-free. He makes us wonderful gluten-free meals for the whole family.
So, we live in a house divided, but it works. Just like so many relationships, you don't have to agree on everything. So we will continue to agree to disagree. On behalf of my oldest daughter and I...Happy Valentine's Day!
How about you? Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?