I really love Valentine's Day, but maybe not for the typical reasons. I do love my husband, and I'm always grateful for a date night that evening. A box of my favorite chocolate doesn't hurt, either. :) But my favorite tradition of all is one that includes our kids-- Love Buckets. It's simple, but a very meaningful way we celebrate each other. It can be done anytime, but we love to do it as a special Valentine's Day countdown.
As parents, we're always looking for ways to strengthen the relationships we have with our kids, but also the ones that they have with each other. Knowing that they're loved and appreciated by every member of the family contributes to that feeling of safety and security. It's easy, it's fun, and it's really special.
How does it work?
Everyone has their own love bucket (we use pails), and starting February 1st, we leave a special note or drawing in each one. Even the smallest children can participate, and can draw pictures. My kids really get excited about this-not only about leaving them for others, but seeing them pile up in their own bucket. My husband and I add our notes, plus I like to drop a piece of candy or two in a couple of times. On Valentine's Day, we all sit down together and read our notes and look at the special pictures that were drawn. It's probably one of the best days of the entire year!
I used cute pails I found at Michael's, then used my Silhouette to cut out vinyl (font = century gothic) to add names. I also used it to cut out a stack of red, pink, and white cardstock hearts. However, the beauty of this tradition is that it does not have to be fancy. You can use bowls, cups, boxes--whatever you have on hand--and plain white paper. What counts is what all go in the inside!
It really is the perfect countdown, and best way to celebrate Valentine's Day!