I have a new motto for holidays, and by new, I mean that I came up with it yesterday afternoon.
Keep it Simple, Make it Meaningful.
Last year for Valentine’s Day, we made these adorable thumbprint Valentines. But to be honest, I did most of the work, and it was pretty frustrating. Getting a 2 1/2 year old to make a pretty fingerprint was nearly impossible.
This year, I wanted to include Adam again, but I didn’t want to provoke a melt down or force him to do something he wasn’t interested in. I thought maybe he could cut out hearts and write his friends’ initials on them, but had to abandon that idea quickly. After he labored to cut out one heart from paper and colored another and declared he didn’t want to do anymore, I got a little frustrated. So we gave up on that, and decided to make cookies for the people he loves.
Now, I realize that baking cookies might not seem simple. But we’ve made cookies before and he’s pretty good at it, so this wasn’t a stressful activity at all. And our time at the kitchen counter gave us a chance to talk about what Valentine’s Day means and list people that we love. Then, he guided me while I decorated the cookies and finally he decided exactly which cookie would go to each person.
So, even if the world (and blogs, and pinterest, and your friends on facebook) make you feel as though you need to go all out for every holiday, don’t be afraid to
Keep it Simple and Make it Meaningful
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