What are your feelings about the month of February? In my experience, people usually fall into one of two categories. They are either counting the days until Valentine’s Day or desperately waiting for spring. It’s like Groundhog Day. There are those that see their shadow and are tired of the cold weather, and there are those who are too busy eating conversation hearts to notice their shadow.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’m eating the conversation hearts. February is one of my favorite months of the year. I got married in February, I enjoy the cold weather, and I’m going to say it…I adore Valentine’s day.
“But Shannon, it’s a fake holiday.”
To which I reply, “To who?” Just because Hallmark is cashing in on it, doesn’t make it less of a holiday. Valentine’s Day was established way back in 496 A.D. to honor Saint Valentine, who had died on February 14th in 269. It’s a day that should remind us to love those around us. Not just our significant others, but our children, family, friends, and neighbors.
You don’t need to buy a $10 card or a box of chocolates to show someone you care. Make brunch, tell them what makes them special in a handwritten note, or share one of your favorite books. I think it is so important to share that with our little ones. We don’t need more chocolate (that was hard to type), but we do need more love. Let’s teach our kids that the warmth of love exists even in those dark, cold months.
Here are a few books that are perfect to read to your children during the month of love. I've also included suggestions for crafts that go along with each book.