Just Say I Love You

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just say i love youValentine’s Day was probably invented by a greeting card company. Then every other business under the sun decided it was a good marketing strategy to hawk things for the “holiday”. It’s a great excuse to buy cards, flowers, and chocolate.

While I don’t mind the chocolate (ahem), I do mind the high prices for the aforementioned cards and flowers. And sometimes the other Pinteresty hoops we jump through are just a little over the top. I’ve certainly posted a fair number of Valentine’s Day ideas, but I certainly don’t expect anyone to do them all. I don’t.

Just try one or two to add a little special flair to the day.

The point of all of it, at least what happens among family and friends, is to convey your love and affection. THAT shouldn’t cost much.

It’s pretty free to say I love you.

Or at least it should be.

I know, the five love languages and all that. But, still. There are free ways around those, too. Gifts can be homemade. Acts of service cost time, but not necessarily much else. A hug is free of charge. Quality time is more about quality than quantity. And yeah, words of affirmation? Talk is cheap. But, in a good way.

Make Valentine’s a day to remember, by just saying it. Tell your kids you love them. Pull your spouse aside and say those (good) words you think, but forget to speak.

Just say I love you.

And then do it tomorrow and the next day, too.

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  1. I had surgery on Weds Since that time my family has been showering me with those quiet gifts of love that money can’t buy. The loan of a beloved bear to keep me company so I wouldn’t be scared in the hospital. The offer from my youngest to borrow her new fleece blanket from Santa to keep me warm. My husband drying and combing my hair for me since I cannot use my right arm. The casseroles dropped off by friends and neighbors. The phone calls and cards to cheer you up. I have not felt so loved and blessed in a long time.

  2. My husband said “I love you” today by getting up early after yesterday’s snowstorm to clear our driveway and cars, clear our roof so we don’t get ice dams and take a trip to the auto parts store to replace a damaged windshield wiper on the car our daughter uses – all before I was out of bed. When I got up he was in a good mood and heading out to work. My Valentine!

  3. Thank you for this! Several years ago my husband and I decided that we were done with the pressures and expenses of valentine’s day, so we created our own tradition. We all (kids too now that they’re old enough) sit around together and make each other cards. That’s it! I make dinner and dessert ( dessert is a special treat) and we all create something for each member of the family to show them we love them. Walking away from traditional valentine’s day was one of the best decisions we’ve made.

  4. I like the simple suggestions you have shared. We just kept it simple, too. I took your idea of having a family movie night, and we watched The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, which my son had not seen yet. We have been reading the books and listening to audio books of Narnia for a year and a half, so he was super excited to see a movie finally. Movie night is new for us at our house, so it was really fun. I had an unexpected five-hour trip to pick up my husband due to a flat tire situation, so our day of relaxing and baking and such was hijacked. However, we stopped at the store on the way home and picked up some chicken and salad with some little bakery personal sized cakes at Vons, got a few cards, and that was our prep. We enjoyed our time on the road and at home last night. It was definitely simple, but it was nice.