The Tree of Love

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The Tree of Love

I’m a big supporter of showing your love everyday, not just on a man-made money-making holiday. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to have a little fun! I see all these beautiful Valentine ideas and decorations out there, however it’s just not me. It’s just not my family style. And so, the Tree of Love.

My daughter and I bought the pink garland and beads after Christmas. Fortunately I remembered it was there so we got it out and had a grand time weaving it through the tree. The lights stay on all year so there is always a little twinkle if we want it. We also made some heart decorations. See the big purple heart below? She ripped all those pieces and made a face.  You just can’t buy that at the store! It was so much fun working on this while the brothers were at school. These items do not make this the Tree of Love. The messages do.

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All of those clothespins are holding messages written by everyone in the family to each other. I told everyone they had to write why they love someone or about something they like to do with another person. No two can be the same. (In other words, my 4th grader can’t write the same thing 5 times!) No blanket statements here, you have to think.

This was fun to do with my little girl as she told me how she likes that her brother lets her watch him play on his Kindle. And I liked how my youngest son put up a shield around his writing space so I wouldn’t see what he wrote to me. I’m so excited to find out.  What do my kids perceive as loving actions from me? The one I wrote for my husband is a little silly, but I can’t write it here because he’ll see it 🙂

So while this wouldn’t be a “pinnable” moment in many people’s eyes, it is in mine. Because come Valentine’s Day, after enjoying a meal of heart-shaped hamburgers with heart-shaped buns, and a special dessert (I’m torn between red velvet cake or chocolate bowls filled with ice cream) everyone will get to open 5 special messages of love.

If you don’t have a tree, use a vase. Put some pencils in it and tape a note on each one. Or hang the notes on the fridge. Or just put them in a bowl on the table. It’s never to late to make your own Tree of Love. Love your family, love your kids and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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