Here you are in 2014. It came before you knew it. Now it is almost February and that
means Valentine’s Day is around the corner. So it’s not too soon to give some thought as to how you will celebrate the Day.
Valentine celebrations don’t have to be only about romantic love between a man and a woman, as wonderful as that is. It’s also a great holiday to celebrate as a family. For Christian families, it’s a holiday with many natural connections to our faith. So here are some religious gift ideas and suggestions for making this Valentine’s Day the start of at least one new family tradition.
1. Talk about how the Bible defines love
If you ask 10 people to define the word LOVE you’ll get 10 different answers. But since God Himself is love, your best source for defining love is found in His Word. Fortunately for us, God has provided an entire chapter – 1 Corinthians 13 – to the subject of what love is. Consider printing out the chapter and then take one characteristic of love to discuss as a family over dinner. How can we show this kind of love? How does God?
2. Give a cross necklace
The greatest love ever shown was demonstrated on the cross of Calvary. Explain the love behind Christ’s sacrifice and give your children their very own cross necklace. The Printery House offers cross jewelry appropriate for both boys and girls.
3. Share some sweetness with a lonely heart
Sometimes the best religious gift ideas are wrapped up in a simple act of kindness. As a family, take a bag of chocolate kisses or homemade heart-shaped cookies to a widow, widower or shut-in.
4. Paint the day red
Have fun with the color red on Valentine’s Day. Wear red clothes. Put up red decorations. Make red food (e.g. tomatoes, strawberries, red peppers) or use red food coloring to turn other foods into Valentine’s Day cuisine.
5. Give personal care gifts to show you care
Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to give gifts that pamper the person. At The Printery House you can find scented handmade soaps and delicious body scrubs. You can purchase soaps as a gift bag or put together your own body-loving gift basket. Include bible verses such as Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news and Proverbs 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands along
with others you find to share.
6. Don’t forget the cards
Valentine’s Day cards are a tradition for everyone – lovers, families, friends, believers and unbelievers. Cards are a great way to share the love of Christ with all the people in your life. Encourage your kids to think of folks they would like to send a valentine and then have everyone write their own around the table. The Printery House even
offers cards with a bit of information on St Valentine!
Don’t wait to make a Valentine Day family plan. Life has a way of running ahead of us when we don’t have one. Look at our religious gift ideas and order your cards now and make this February the start of at least one new family tradition in the name of LOVE.