4 New Romantic Traditions to Start This Year

2. Plan a Special Outing with the One You Love -- Go Somewhere New
Taking time away from our usual environment and routine to go somewhere different and create quality time together is a wonderful way to keep the fires of love burning, or to get them going strong. It is so easy to get caught in the routine that it is tremendously refreshing to change our patterns, take time out and experience something brand new. Plus, going somewhere together creates a sense of adventure that brings freshness to the relationship. It is a clear way of saying, "You are important to me, I want us to be together, and I value you."

Make It Last: Planning away-time when it's not Valentine's Day might be even more romantic, not to mention lighter on your wallet. If you really want to schedule getaways into your everyday life, but don't have the means just take one weekend every few months to clear your schedule, drop your kids with friends or family, and pretend a night at home is a vacation.

3. Do a Volunteer Activity Together -- Join in Sharing Your Love
Take some time on this Valentine's Day to share your love with others. You can go to a foster home, and bring little gifts or cards to children. You can make a call upon children in the hospital, or visit any others who may be alone and who would benefit from your love. As you do this together, the bonds between you and your romantic partner will certainly deepen and grow. Remember, Valentine's Day isn't only about love for your partner, but for all people, including parents, siblings, friends and extended family. Broaden your definition of those you love and those who you are willing to give your concern to.

Make It Last: Keep volunteering together on a regular basis and you'll find that you've scheduled great together-time into your life. Plus, talking about your experiences will bring you to a new emotional level.

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