The origins of Valentine’s Day don’t exactly scream love or do they? If you don’t know, Valentine of Terni was a Roman Priest during the the reign of Emperor Claudius in the late 200’s A.D. The Roman’s had a law at the time that prohibited the marriage of young people. This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died. Valentine was of the mind that marriage was sacred before God and so he secretly married many young couples. Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for performing marriage ceremonies against command of the emperor.

I think there is lots of love in this story. There is the love of the young people. There is the love of this priest for his people. But mostly, there is the love of God. St. Valentine was willing to defy Rome in order to obey his conviction of God’s law. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

So, while I know some don’t like the idea of celebrating Valentine’s Day, I think that taking time to show those around you how much you love them is an excellent idea and there is nothing wrong with giving it a special day of focus.

And, quickly, sometimes we just don’t feel loved or have anyone with to celebrate. If that’s you, please be encouraged that the Lord loves you. Please check out this post Reminded of God’s Love.

Below are 10 fun, frugal, and creative ideas to show your loved ones how much you love them. I think these ideas would work well for couples or families. You can customize them to your situation. You might even love them so much that you take the whole month of February to try them all!

1. Stir Up Some Sweet Love in the Kitchen.

Get in the kitchen with those you love, turn on some fun love-themed tunes, and get your bake on! (Or just bake something on your own to surprise them.) a Valentine’s themed dessert or bake your loved one’s favorite. Try these Easy Valentine’s Day Dessert Ideas.

2. Invite them to a popcorn movie night.

Choose a fun movie about love for the whole family. Need some ideas? Look here. And then, invite them to a family movie night using this fun little printable attached to a bag of popcorn. Printable invite found here.

3. Write a Poem.

I realize not all of us are gifted in this area. A simple “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue…” poem just for them will make them smile. If you’d like to do something a little different. Here are a couple of ideas…

  1. Try our easy and creative Found Poetry
  2. Fill in one of these 5 templates for different types of poems.

4.Make a Special Valentine’s Day Meal

This can be their favorite with some heart shapes thrown in or you can check out these creative ideas:

  1. https://www.northerncheapskate.com/valentine-meal-ideas-for-families/

2. https://playdatesparties.com/dinner-at-home-can-be-romantic/

5. Make a “What I love About You” List.

This is so easy but super special. You can Make “10 things I love About You” and give in a card or tell them in person. You could also use their name and do an acrostic (take each letter of their name and use it to write something special you love about them). Or, make it really fun and hide them in the purse, bags, drawers in their room, anywhere they might visit that day.

6. Play “Valentine” themed games.

You can turn any kid’s game into a Valentine’s game by incorporating some hearts and love but here are some that can be fun for couples or the whole family:

  1. Valentine Pictionary
  2. Conversation Hearts
  3. Valentine Charades
  4. Valentine Would You Rather

7. Sing some Valentine Karaoke.

So easy and fun! Go to YouTube and search for your favorite songs followed by the words “karaoke version.” This will have the whole family singing and laughing together. You can’t feel much more love than that!!

8. Count down to Valentine’s Day with these scripture cards.

You could get creative and hide them each day or make a fun garland out of them. If you are a couple, you could hide them somewhere they will find them each day with a love not or prayer.

These adorable cards have a scripture about love and there are enough of them to start February 1st and countdown to Valentine’s Day. Find them here.

9. Countdown to Valentine’s Day with acts of love.

Make the countdown special with these acts of love cards. Do one each day to show how much you care. For more love, try creating some of your own. Find the cards here.

10. Countdown with “Why I Love You” Hearts.

I have no idea where this originated from so I can’t give credit or a link but the pic is below. A few friends have shared this on Facebook and I love the idea of putting a heart on your loved ones’ bedroom door each day leading up to Feb. 14 with a reason why you love them.

I hope that one of these ideas fit your family or spark some creativity in you. If you do decided to try one out, I’d love to hear about it. Please connect with my on one of my social media channels and tag me in your post or send me a pic. You can always email me here.

Also check out these other fun ideas for families:

5 Stay At Home, Budget Friendly Activities for Families

10 Ways for Families to Spread the Love of Jesus

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