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Top Ten Tips for a Great Valentine's Celebration is this month's Marriage Monday topic (yes, I know it's Tuesday). Now, I have to be honest - Hubby and I don't really "celebrate" Valentine's Day. We might go out to dinner a few days before or a few days after, but fighting the crowds just because it's February 14 seems silly to both of us. This year, we went out on January 14, because a new Olive Garden was opening nearby. But herein lies my tip for all married couples: every day is an opportunity for Valentine's Day. It means so much more to get flowers or even a phone call on a random day than it does on a day everyone's supposed to do that stuff.
So, here are my tips for having a great Valentine's Day, any day of the year!
- Cook something special. Maybe it's his favorite dish, maybe it's a recipe for something you both enjoyed at a restaurant, or maybe it's burgers on the grill. Whatever turns you on, have it ready for him when he gets home. If you can send the kids to a friend's house that night, so much the better!
- Rent a favorite movie. If he's into romantic comedies, great, but try to find something you know he loves. Dim the lights, pop some popcorn, and snuggle up for a flick!
- Make dessert. Maybe you do this all the time, but I don't. It's usually a special occasion if I bake a cake or make some other sort of confection. Pick his favorite. Share a plate and feed each other!
- Start things up. You do know that physical intimacy doesn't always have to be his idea, right? Good. Speaking of which...
- Clean sheets. Always a good idea.
- Light some candles. Even if you're just eating meatloaf, candlelight is so much more romantic!
- Join him in the shower. So much the better if he doesn't know you're planning it!
- Look pretty for him. Even when you don't feel like it, just putting on a little lipstick will help you look fresh. Try not to meet him at the door wearing sweats.
- Leave him notes. On the mirror, in his briefcase, in his lunch.
- And last but certainly not least, Pray together. There is something wonderfully uniting about hearing your spouse thank God for you.