Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

My husband enjoys teasing my daughter and I that, "Valentines is a Hallmark Holiday!" as an excuse to the void of a vase of flowers, or a heart full of chocolate on our kitchen table every year. Now, honestly, I agree with him; it IS a Hallmark Holiday. However, it's never a bad idea to show the one's you love just how much they mean to you. And just because Jesus didn't celebrate Valentine's Day, doesn't mean He doesn't smile down on us as we share His love with one another!
So, how do we do this? Does it require a $7 singing card? A huge box of assorted chocolates? Roses? A heart-patterned panda bear? No. (although, chocolates are welcome in my home AND office anytime!!)
We can use even these somewhat silly holidays to show our children Christ's love for them as well as our love for them. Here as an idea I came across from D6 Family's Splink Newsletter today: 


Valentine's Day Treasure Hunt

Items Needed: clues (below)
Treat—candy, cookies, or small prizes
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a treasure hunt. 
Print the clues below (or make up your own) and hide them all, except the first one. Give the kids the first clue to start the hunt. Wrap a small gift for each child or put a box filled with goodies for them to find at the end. (You may have to adapt these a little for your house.)

Clue 1: Look on the bookcase to find what you must do.
              If you do this, you will get your next clue.
Clue 2: Say “I love you” three times as quickly as can be;
              Then look behind the TV if your clue you want to see.
Clue 3: Roses are red, violets are blue;
              Go to the guest room to find your next clue.
Clue 4: Kiss each person on the forehead.
              Then go look under your parent’s bed.
Clue 5: I wonder where the next clue will hide;
               Maybe in the place where the clothes are dried.
Clue 6: Say something nice to each person in the
               room.
              Then go to the place where we keep the broom.
Clue 7: Good things come to those who look;
               A clue can be found in a favorite book.
Clue 8: Concerning clues, if you want to find more.
               Go to your dresser and count down four.
Clue 9: Turn around now and give each person a hug;
              Then go to the bathroom and look under the rug.
Clue 10: If you want to find Clue Number 10,
              Look in the room where people come in.
Clue 11: This hunt is fun; we think it’s really neat.
              Look on the bottom of what you put on your feet.
Clue 12: You’re close to the treasure, you’re almost a 
              winner.
               Look under the table where we eat dinner.
Clue 13:  Unlock the door and go down the stair.
               There’s a treasure hidden to show that we care.
When you obeyed what the clue said, you eventually found a treat! It is always good to obey.
I may sneak into Walgreens on the way home for a few treats to hide for the kiddos tonight!
I pray you are blessed today buy those you love and the love you receive, especially that of our Heavenly Father...who IS love! 

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