Valentine’s Day Tradition

(Last Updated On: April 19, 2016)

Our Valentine’s Day tradition started a few years ago. She was just old enough to start understanding that there was a holiday, and it involved presents and chocolate. I mean, what else does a girl need to know? She was all in.

But I wanted to find just the right way to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family. When I saw John 3:16 written so the word VALENTINE was created, I knew that was the message I wanted for her, because it was the message I know I still need written on my heart.

It helps remind us to celebrate Christ’s coming everyday and focuses on Godly love, not just romantic love.

But I have all these cute ideas and by the time one holiday is put away, the next one is looming. I had always wanted to be the fun pinteresty mom that makes every holiday special, but frankly, those suckers sneak up on me like ninjas.

Free Valentine's Day printable for your children. Fill their love tank with God's love. Click To Tweet

One trick I’ve learned is to keep everything grouped together and labeled. For Valentine’s Day, I keep everything in a clear project folder I can just pull out and put up.

Our Valentine’s Day tradition is that we post a handwritten copy of the John 3:16 Valentine’s Day printable (link at the end of post) on her door. Then everyday we add a heart with a character trait we love about her. This is day 1.

Character hearts for a Valentine's Day tradition that will build self-esteem.

I used colored construction paper and just cut out several different sizes and colors of hearts, but you could buy heart shaped wall decor or doilies from Walmart or Dollar General if you wanted.

We start on the first and go through the 14th, but you can do however many days you want. You could start on the 14th and go through the end of the month as well.

Free Valentine's Day John 3:16 Printable with love tank filling traditions to celebrate Valentine's Day with your littles.

What I really love about this tradition is that my daughter spends the month of February being told she is loved and special because she was fearfully and wonderfully made by her creator and was so deeply loved by Him that he sent his Son to die for her.

Psalm 139:14 ESV  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

My daughter has many wonderful traits, but I made a point to choose traits that I really want to encourage in her: her faith, her kindness, her curiosity, her joy.

We read each trait together everyday as we add the new traits to the door, so she gets to be reminded of each one. Then we continue to read them everyday until the end of February.

This tradition will build on the love we show her daily to create a memory of being valued for who she is. We can fill her love tank with pride and self-esteem based on the qualities and gifts God has given her.

Valentine’s Day Printable

And establish a good foundation for what true love looks like for the Valentine’s Days her future holds.

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29 Replies to “Valentine’s Day Tradition”

  1. This is a beautiful tradition – I love ideas that take these ‘days’ on our calendars and make them mean something in our Christian life. Our children need these gospel moments as often as we can give them to them.

    1. Valentines Day is a strange one for us too. We don’t want to wait for an artificial holiday to love each other. So this was a way of taking a holiday that the world made up and turning it into something that glorifies God.

  2. What a beautiful tradition! Jenny and I have the tradition of covering the girl’s door with hearts, with things we love and appreciate about them. However, we usually do this on the night before Valentines day, after the girls have gone to bed. I love this idea of adding a heart a day, and keeping the celebration going all week long. Thank you for the fun idea!
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  3. Such a powerful idea. It is so important to remember the love of the Father. And it is oh so powerful to hear others (especially people like your parents) speak positively about you.

  4. So sweet! I love Valentines Day…err month! It’s definitely something to be celebrated with little ones (and everyone 😉 ) and I love how intentional you are with your daughter. Precious. And while I know she probably already cherishes this now, I know it will definitely be something to look on and cherish even more as she gets older!

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