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“And the Greatest of These ….”

“And the Greatest of These ….”

Share lots of love and great times with family throughout February!

“And the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). The month containing a holiday dedicated to expressing our deepest feelings is upon us. We tend to think of February as “the month of love,” but surprisingly, February is the shortest month of the year. Shouldn’t we have chosen a month with thirty-one days to draw hearts and pen love notes and exchange gifts of chocolate and trinkets? Better yet, Jesus would have us sharing love every day of the year. He spoke that very command in John 13:34: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

Practice loving one another each day of February, through words and thoughts and actions, so that it becomes a habit.  And then let it carry over into the next month and the one after that, too.

Share the holidays below with those you love and make up a few unique family ones, too. Enjoy all twenty-eight days of February and find creative ways to share love all month long!

Lace Day – Have fun making these fragrant and lacy sachets to celebrate the day. Purchase enough lace-edged handkerchiefs or lacy, cloth napkins for each family member to have one. Scoop and pour dried lavender buds into the center of the cloth. You can use potpourri, also. Gather the fabric, bringing together the raw edges and keeping the lavender buds sealed up into the center. Twist a rubber band around the loose edges, close to the fragrant pieces you placed in the center, to keep them held tight. Then tie a decorative ribbon around the sachet to hide the rubber band.

Sweater Day – Top warm clothes with sweaters, hats and mittens, and venture out on a cold afternoon for a brisk walk. Watch for winter signs and activity – birds foraging for seeds, squirrels looking for buried acorns, barren trees, smoke billowing from a neighbor’s chimney, or thicker coats of fur on the dog that lives across the street. Talk with your children about what you like best about winter as you walk, and mention the things you like least about the cold season. When you get back home, snuggle under blankets to get warm and read aloud Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett.

Fettuccine Alfredo Day – Well, of course this celebration begs an afternoon in the kitchen with the family to create this delectable recipe for the dinner meal. Stir one-and-a-half tablespoons of self-rising flour into one cup of sour cream. Set aside. Remove twelve ounces (one-and-a-half blocks) of cream cheese from the fridge and cut into smaller pieces to begin getting to room temperature. Bring two-and-a-half cups of chicken broth to a low boil. Whisk in the sour cream mixture in small amounts, whisking until the ingredients are blended smoothly. Continue whisking or stirring until the sauce just begins to boil. Add the twelve ounces of cream cheese to the sauce and stir. Turn the burner to low and allow the cheese to melt, stirring frequently. Whisk in one-third cup (or slightly more) of grated parmesan cheese and heat through. Serve over cooked and drained pasta.

Random Acts of Kindness Day – Call a family meeting to discuss acts of kindness that your family could take part in, not just for one day, but throughout the month. Brainstorm ways to help a neighbor, friend at church, family member in the same house, extended family member across town or on the other side of the country, or stranger in the grocery store. Talk about completing the acts anonymously and randomly, so that just family members and God are aware of the special treats. Then see how many random acts your family can complete cumulatively before the end of the month.

Love Your Pet Day – Whether your family has a pet or you just enjoy a friend’s furry family member when you go for a visit, play this fun and imaginative pet game. Take turns working your way through the alphabet with this phrase, changing each of the words to fit the alphabet letter. Use these sentences as an example for the first two letters of the alphabet. Begin with something like this: “If I had a pet antelope in Alaska, I would feed it apples and we’d do acrobatics.” Then, move on to this: “If I had a pet baboon in a barbershop, I would feed it bananas and we’d play ball.”

Enjoy every moment of the month of February with the ones you love, making every day a holiday. Share love and create warm memories during the short and cold month with only twenty-eight days, enough warmth to last throughout the blustery days of winter and throughout the year.

By: Julie Lavender

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