Did you know that on February 14 every year, more than 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged all around the world, making this the second most popular card-sending occasion after Christmas? That’s a pretty significant number! And luckily enough, this year the Feast of Saint Valentine (as it is sometimes also referred to), falls on a weekend. What better way to spend some quality and fun time with family, and celebrate the festival of love with those for whom you care the most?
Here are some sure shot ideas for having a good time the coming weekend.
Bake something special together
I once came across the following definition of ‘kitchen’ and loved it: ‘A kitchen is a gathering place for friends and family; a place where memories are homemade and seasoned with love.’ You could try your hand at baking heart shaped valentine cupcakes together with your kids (here’s the recipe video). Or you could whip up delicious desserts with fruits and whipped cream (we all love heaps of whipped cream and bananas). The time you spend bonding in the kitchen – all the while creating a mess- is a special and beautiful time. The best part about it is that all age groups can get to be a part of the process of cooking, even kids as young as preschool.
Play online games together as a family
A study was recently conducted by Goldsmiths University and gaming company PopCap, which involved a total of 3250 parents and grandparents altogether. Their research was mainly focused on ‘casual gaming’ of sorts, thanks to the smartphones and tablets which have become a part and parcel of our (and our children’s) everyday lives. One of the findings of the study was that a third of the guardians involved played computer and virtual games with their kids on a daily basis and considered it to be quality time, claiming that it had strengthened the bond between them and their children. Why not try doing something similar this Valentine’s Day? Your kids would probably love it more than anything else.
Revisit old family memories together
This is the best way to end the day and make it special. In the evening, put on an old video of your kids as toddlers, or simply hunt down and re-open those dusty old photograph books stored right at the back of your closet. Even going through birthday party videos of your kids can be taking a happy and nostalgic trip down memory lane. You’ll surely end up recollecting so many of their pranks from back then when you leaf through those pages.
“Having someone to love is Family.
Having somewhere to go is Home.
Having both is a Blessing.”
No wonder, the best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is with your loved ones around you at home!