By Lorie Ham
Valentine’s Day is almost here again–a time for romance and love. However, while it is most popular for being a time for couples, it can be a celebration of all love. Some of my best Valentine’s Day memories involve doing special things with my kids and helping them find just the right fun Valentine’s for their classmates. Do you have something special that you do as a family or with your kids for Valentine’s Day? We asked some of the Mennonite Insurance staff if they have any special traditions on Valentine’s Day.
Claudia Fletes family gets a heart shaped pizza every Valentine’s Day to enjoy as a family. They have been doing this ever since the kids were little, and now their daughter is in high school.
“Our family tradition is more traditional,” shares General Manager Jerry Linscheid. “I usually go to a Reedley store and order something that would be delivered to my wife’s office. If I’m lucky, not all will be consumed immediately and some comes home for me to enjoy as well.
“At our office, where most of our staff are women, it is common for an arrangement of flowers to arrive on Valentines Day.”
For Michelle L. Heinrichs, ever since Valentine’s Day of 2003, her Valentine’s Day stopped being a couple’s holiday. “Our son, Marcus was born on Valentine’s at 7 a.m. after two days of labor via a successful c-section.”
Ever since then, the family has been celebrating the holiday/birthday together. Sometimes they just have a red theme. “When he was little,” continued Michelle, “and we still took goodies to his school, I was under strict orders from my school teacher sister to not take anything with red dye to his school (not helpful in keeping little bodies calm).” Now that he is older, they simply try to do something special as a family. “Then [afterwards], we eat a nice dinner as a family to celebrate him and Valentine’s Day together.”
Whether you have a child who was born on Valentine’s Day or not, why not make a point this Valentine’s Day of making the day a celebration of all love instead of just romantic love, and do something special as a whole family! Check out this article in Over the Big Moon for a few more suggestions.