Today we have a post by our sweet contributor, Jenny, from The Sweet Stuff:
Valentine’s Day is over and we sit in the season between holidays, but that does not mean our acts of love or our spirit of celebration must hibernate before the next calendar holiday.
One of the blessings of raising children, and daughters in particular, is that they take great joy in little things. They inspire us to celebrate the simple things!
You don’t need an excuse to shower your children with love or to celebrate a day. Simply celebrating because, “This is the day that the Lord has made,” would suffice.
So, throw some whipped cream and sprinkles on your basic Saturday pancakes. Leave a special note at your child’s plate for no reason at all. Let them pick out a “treat” at the grocery store. Do a fun craft “just because”.
However, if holidays inspire you, consider celebrating lesser-known holidays to keep the spirit of fun, surprise, and wonder alive throughout the year!
In February there are a few more to celebrate:
1. February 20th World of Social Justice Day
This is a great holiday to continue the idea of love from Valentine’s. How can we love others on this day? Can we pray for them? Can we take something to someone less fortunate? Can we volunteer at a pregnancy help center?
2. February 20th is also President’s day.
Print out president masks and let your children read famous quotes from former presidents. Pray for the current president. Hold elections in your home. Visit a government facility. Make American flag crafts or cotton ball beards!
3. February 28th is Shrove Tuesday.
This is a day of feasting that comes a week before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Pancakes are often eaten at this time. Look up the history of Shrove Tuesday with your kids. Have a family time of confession and forgiveness. Plan and make a family feast with your children and set the table with fancy dishes and candles to mark the occasion.
In addition to these official holidays, consider which family members you can celebrate! Did your daughter learn to ride a bike? Did anyone lose a tooth? Is a birthday coming up? Can you have a Mad Hatter un-birthday party? Is it a special day in history even if it isn’t a holiday?
For example, February 14th is the anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell inventing the telephone! You could make tin can telephones or call someone special in your life! Or call them on the phone to tell them you love them.
One of the benefits of celebrating simple days is that your children will learn to be joyful in ALL circumstances and can also be taught on how to give to others on holidays rather than merely waiting for their goody bag. Days that revolve around our children and giving them gifts and special attention are wonderful and fun, but what if we could extend that feeling throughout the year and also teach them to give that same feeling to others? Now, that would be something to celebrate!
Jenny is a wanna-be homesteader living in California with her husband, 3 daughters (and a baby on the way). She enjoys raising suburban chickens, baking bread, homeschooling her children, and adventuring in the outdoors. Her family is committed to living small in square footage, but living large and full lives!