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Valentine's Day at CatholicMom.com

Although not a "Catholic" holiday, Valentine's Day has become an essential part of our popular culture.  We are pleased to share the following Valentine's Day resources and articles for you to share with your family.  Click on each link below for additional information. 

"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"
He said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
he second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."


Matthew 22:36-40


 

 

Related Links:
 
bullet Saint Valentine at Catholic Encyclopedia
bullet Valentine of Rome
bullet St. Valentine, Patron of Love at Catholic Online
bullet The Origins of Valentine's Day - from AmericanCatholic.org
bullet Celebrating the Song of Songs on Valentine's Day

Activities:

bullet 10 Kid Friendly Valentine Gift Ideas from the Heart
bullet Valentine Project: Pocket Love Notes
bullet A Spiritual Bouquet for Valentine's Day
bullet Project: Blooming Valentines
bullet Recipe:  Chocolate Modeling Clay
bullet Unique Valentine Gift Idea -   "Message In A Bottle"
bullet Fun Things to Do with Your Kids for Valentine's Day
bullet Help Make Valentines Day Special for Your Child
bullet Valentine Gifts from the Heart
bullet True Romance for Couples with Kids:  10 Ideas

Special Family Food:

bullet Valentine Recipe: Chocolate Pudding
bullet Valentine Recipe: Strawberry Kisses
bullet Valentine Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
bullet Valentine's Day Menu for Kids of All Ages
bullet Romantic Cooking for Valentine's Day
bullet Brownie Hearts for Valentine's Day

Articles:

bullet 7 Powerful Ways to Show Love to Children

 

Readers Suggestions:

In addition to pink candies and heart shaped cookies, and of course valentines (this year it is dora and blue!), We talk about the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus and pray special devotions to them on this day. This helps when we say things like I give you my heart, to really start to understand what our hearts are to God. We also sing a song called "Create in me a Clean Heart" so that we can talk about how in giving one another our hearts in earthly love, we need to be as pure as possible and only Christ's heart can help purify ours. Just a few thoughts for tying in the depth of catholic 'stuff' about hearts since this is the secular feast of the HEART!!!

At our house, we celebrate early on Valentine's Day with a chocolate feast breakfast, featuring chocolate chip pancakes, hot chocolate and cocoa puffs!  A great way to start the day!

Help your children to create handmade Valentine's Day cards to be delivered to a sick or homebound relative or neighbor, or to a local Nursing Care facility. 

Remember your parish priests and religious sisters on Valentine's Day!

To share your suggestions, email Lisa@catholicmom.com with your idea or recipe.

 

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Valentine's Far From Home
by Stephanie Olsen

"What shall we make grandma and grandpa for Valentine's Day?"

This is an oft-repeated question as February 14th draws near; and despite being another highly commercialized holiday, it is still a nice way for geographically separated families to touch base.

Although e-mail is invaluable, homemade cards from grandchildren - gluey, misspelt and smudged, delivered in crumpled envelopes with upsidedown stamps - are the wishes that will be caressed by gentle hands, hung on the fridge under hatted cow magnets, and proudly shown to passers-by.

My own daughter knows that her grandma is a jigsaw puzzle expert, so she glued a teddy bear picture to a red construction paper heart, with little messages of love written around the periphery. With great care, tongue tip protruding to steady her hand, she then cut the artwork into several large pieces. Proudly, dumping her homemade puzzle into an envelope, we went to the post office hand in hand.

We press flowers, collected on warm walks and summer picnics, haphazardly collecting them in any book on hand. It's always a lovely treat when fragile petals float from a page we're reading, and sometimes we glue these decorations of nature to homemade Valentine's Day cards sharing colorful memories of spring.

Children grow up fast, and grandparents miss the little things - like a first lost tooth, a new smile. One fun way to send pictures is to decorate cards with sunshines and flowers, replacing round centers with cut-out faces of the grandkids. There's no better way to wish the folks Happy Valentine's Day than to have a garden of your children's faces beaming up at them.

About the Author

Stephanie Olsen, published writer, homeschooling mother of two and ESL teacher currently residing in Europe, is also owner of the expatriate site, Family Life Abroad http://www.familylifeabroad.com where you'll find humorous and informative articles by experienced expatriates on all aspects of living abroad, with lots of links and travel tips.

Additional Valentine's Day Resources:

 

Valentine's Day On A Dime
by Tawra Jean Kellam
Living On A Dime


Using a little imagination, you can make your Valentine's day a little more fun and a lot less expensive. If you want to add a little personalized romance or if you don't have the time or money to buy all the pre-made things in the store, here are some ideas from www.livingonadime.com to help you make the day special.

For the Kids:

My mom always made a great but inexpensive Valentine's Day treat for us. She would take construction paper and cut a big heart out of it. (About 8x10 inches) then she would staple the edges together and write our names and an I love you on the outside. Then she would fill the heart with candy, purchased on clearance after Christmas. It was very inexpensive but we loved it!

Do a Valentine's treasure hunt. Leave little notes around with the last one leading back to the kitchen table with heart full of candy.

For Lunches: Make heart shaped Valentine's cookies, cut the kids (or hubby's) sandwiches with a heart shaped cookie cutter to make a heart sandwich. Add a few Valentine's chocolates and put a note in red with a big heart on their napkin.

Serve anything red for the day. Serve red Jell-o, red pudding, red apples, toast with strawberry jelly, tomato soup, red applesauce, red Kool-aid, strawberry milk, or red frosted cookies. Use powered food coloring from the cake store to get the deepest shade of red. Leave sticks of red gum in their Valentine's Day cards. (Editor's Note: Be advised that some adults and children have adverse reactions to red food coloring. Use caution and good sense.)

Make red heart shaped cupcakes. Make cupcakes as usual but place a marble down the side of the muffin tin between the muffin tin and each cupcake cup. This will make heart shaped cupcakes.

Make hearts out of chocolate chips in each of your pancakes.

Mail your pre-addressed and stamped Valentines to Loveland, Colorado and they will postmark them and mail them for you. Send them to: Postmaster, Attn: Valentines, Loveland, CO 80537



Things to do with or for your honey:

Make a treasure hunt for your spouse. Start by mailing or e-mailing him the first clue. Then leave clues all over the house, yard, car or his office telling him where to find the next clue. End the hunt by making a picnic in the back yard or going to a park for a picnic. Use your imagination and have fun. The simple things are the ones people remember.

Go to a bookstore and enjoy the silence and browse. Get a cup of coffee and make a date of it.

Celebrate Valentine's day AFTER Valentine's day. Everything is half off.

Mail a love letter to your hubby's work.

Send your spouse a sexy email message.

Leave "Why I love you" message all over the house. Buy a package of the cheap Valentines. Leave a message on each one and hide them all over the house for your honey. They will get to enjoy the gift for months!

Use lipstick to make hearts and love notes. Leave a kiss on his napkin for lunch or dinner.

Make a bunch of hearts out of construction paper. Put a love note on each one. Paste them all over the front door or car before your hubby or kids come home from work.

If you don't have money to go out, have a picnic on the floor. Use some candles and lay a soft blanket on the floor. Put on some soft music and have a romantic Valentine's dinner on the floor. Use some white Christmas lights for additional romantic lighting!


Tawra Kellam is the author of the frugal cookbook Not Just Beans: 50 Years of Frugal Family Favorites. Not Just Beans is a frugal cookbook which has over 540 recipes and 400 tips. For more free tips and recipes visit her web site at http://www.livingonadime.com/

This article provided by the Family Content Archives at: http://www.Family-Content.com

 

 

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