Sunday, January 29, 2017

Valentine's Day for Kids

Are You Ready for Valentine’s Day?
This year, spend Valentine's Day with your children.

Valentine’s Day is the day when you express your love to that special someone. However, Valentine’s Day is also a great day to spend with your children. With Valentine’s Day only weeks away, I thought I would share some tips about ways to celebrate the holiday with your children. So, this year mark your calendar for Wednesday, Feb. 14, and save the date to spend with your children. But why wait? Start making preparations now.
For the next few weeks, I’ll post tips to help you have a great Valentine’s Day with your children, sharing ideas about crafts, food, and activities to make the day special.
Before we begin, I thought it would be fun for you to share the origin of Valentine’s Day with your children.
Valentine’s Day is also called Saint Valentine’s Day and The Feast of St. Valentine and is celebrated each year on Feb. 14. The Catholic Church recognizes three Saint Valentines. But one is associated with the following legends.
Long ago during the reign of Emperor Claudius II, Roman soldiers were not allowed to marry. The emperor thought that married soldiers would be weaker and less dedicated, and therefore, made bad soldiers. However, a Catholic priest, St. Valentine, performed marriages for these men. He also administered to Christians who were being persecuted under the Roman Empire.
After his imprisonment, St. Valentine healed Julia of blindness, the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. As a result, Julia and all of her father’s household, family and servants alike, came to believe in Jesus Christ as their savior and were baptized by St. Valentine.
St. Valentine also cut out hearts from parchment and gave them to the soldiers, wanting to remind them of God’s love and to encourage them to remain faithful Christians. This is possibly how the heart became a symbol of Valentine’s Day. Today, people give hearts to their loved ones as a symbol of their love for one another.
Before his execution, St. Valentine wrote a letter to Julia, encouraging her to stay faithful to God, and signed it “Your Valentine”.
Valentine’s Day first became associated with romantic love in the 14th Century within the circles of Geoffrey Chaucer. In the 18th Century, the day evolved into a day for lovers to express their love for one another by giving flowers, hearts, and cards known as “Valentines” to each other.
In Padua, Italy, St. Valentine keys were given to lovers as a romantic symbol of unlocking the giver’s heart. The keys were also given to children to ward off epilepsy, known as St. Valentine’s Malady. Each year, a St. Valentine’s Day ceremony is held at Oratorio di San Giorgio, a chapel in Monselice, Padua, Italy, where small golden keys are given to the children. The tradition continues to this day.
Today, many of the traditions we have for Valentine’s Day come from the legend of St. Valentine, giving hearts and cards to our loved ones.
So, in honor of St. Valentine, make Valentine’s Day special for your children this year. Together, you can make crafts, food, cards, and more. But the best gift to your children will be the time you spend with them. This way, you can show your children you love them as well as telling them.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll post ideas on ways to spend Valentine’s Day with your children. But why wait until Valentine’s Day? You can start making the preparations now.

Visit again for more tips and fun ways to make Valentine’s Day special for your children this year.
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Join me tomorrow for tips on Valentine's Day crafts to do with your children.  

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