St. Valentine's Day

I love Valentine's Day. I love it because growing up my mom made it special, and so I love making it special for my kids too. I also love the fact that there's no real "right" way to celebrate it. No need to travel or buy gifts. Just a fun day to brighten up winter and show love. To make cookies, have a tea party, and read some Valentine's Day books. And eat chocolate. Can't pass up that opportunity!

I asked Owen to give me a smile for the camera and that's what I got (below left). Yep, that's my Owen! Full of energy and goofiness! And then I asked Duncan and look at that cute smile! Even though they look alike, they are so different!

But then Owen conceded to give me a smile, showing off his missing tooth.

Valentine's Day is rich in ancient history and tradition, dating all the way back to the ancient Romans. Even though many might view the day as simply a marketing scheme for Hallmark, it's so much more. This year we enjoyed learning about the traditions that make up this holiday and where our current-day traditions come from. The following books were some of our favorites:

The Story of Valentine’s Day by Clyde Robert Bulla

Saint Valentine by Robert Sauda

Saint Valentine by Ann Tompert

Valentine’s Day is . . . by Gail Gibbons

How did you celebrate Valentine's Day this year, or did you?