Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. The store shelves are lined with chocolates and stuffed animals. There’s a wide array of cards to choose from in the card aisle. Year after year, we tend to purchase the same things.

But this year, what if we did something different? What if we celebrated our spouse on Valentines Day rather than celebrating a day on Feb. 14?

In the past, I’ve purchased things for my husband because of a day on the calendar. This year and the years to come, I want to use this day as a day to celebrate and serve him.

How you celebrate may look different depending on your lifestyle and work schedules, but here are a few ideas to get your mind thinking about how to celebrate your spouse.

1. Purchase some cheap Valentines decor from Dollar Tree. Decorate your spouse’s car the night before or first thing in the morning. Leave a love note.

2. Serve your spouse breakfast in bed or switch things up and serve dinner in bed.

3. Make a paper chain, but write one thing you love about your spouse and/or one word that describes them on each link before you make the chain. Hang it in the bathroom or bedroom. This will be so fun for your spouse to read and cherish forever.

4. Prepare a hot bubble bath complete with candles and a tall glass of ice water. Play some classical music. Don’t expect anything in return. Let this be a time where he or she can fully unwind.

5. Using Post-it notes, leave messages everywhere. Think about the places people usually wouldn’t think of like the toilet paper roll and on the bottle of creamer in the fridge. If you run out of message ideas, type in “love quotes” online. When you find one that is relevant to your marriage, use it.

6. Sit down and write a real letter from the heart. Tell your spouse what you have learned from him or her and thank your spouse for loving you through the ups and downs. Just pour out your heart and be honest.

7. Go online or on Pinterest and type in “free love printables”. On Pinterest there are many fabulous art pictures with quotes and subway style art that you can print free for personal use. Print as many as you want or can. You can either frame them and place them throughout your home or you can tape/pin them on the doors, walls, etcetera of your home. This is a beautiful gift and daily reminder of your live long after Feb. 14 has passed.

8. My favorite and final one is to get some balloons. Write messages and put them inside the balloon. You could even put little treasures in also. Blow them up and have them all over your bedroom.

This year you don’t have to spend lots of money or purchase out of obligation to a date on the calendar.

This year simply focus on loving and celebrating your unique spouse and the gift they are to you! Until next time, happy celebrating!

Kindra Warner is a marriage group facilitator at Grace Christian Center in Killeen and a Herald correspondent.

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