4 Romantic Traditions You'll Want to Start -- and Keep Year After Year

For many couples, Valentine's Day is the one day of the year when both partners feel free to pull out all of the romantic stops. Poems are written, dinner reservations are made, flowers are delivered. Hooray! But getting back to business on February 15 doesn't have to mean the end of romance. Make this Valentine's Day special by starting one of these four traditions -- and keep it going all year long. Don't wait for the next holiday to get mushy. It takes several special moments sprinkled throughout the days of the calendar to keep your romantic spirit -- and your relationship -- alive.

4 Romantic Traditions to Start This Year


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1. Make Your Own Card or Greeting
It's easy to buy a card for the person you wish to express your love to. But it is very special to sit down and make your own greeting. Find paper you like, fold it in any way you want and draw or paint a card yourself. Decorate it in any way you like and write your own message. This will have much more impact, as it will be coming straight from your heart and therefore will go straight to the heart of the person you are sending it to. Just the fact that you took the time to stop and create something so personal for them is a gift in and of itself. Most likely he will cherish it and also realize how much he means to you. The very act of doing it will also open your heart more and show you what you really feel.

Make It Last: Once your creative juices are flowing, make more than one card. Then, choose one random day each month when you want to give a happy un-Valentine's Day card!

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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.

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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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4. Give Yourself a Wonderful Gift -- Express Your Creativity
Most of us have hidden talents that we may be afraid to express. But the more creative you are -- the more willing you are to open up to what's inside you -- the more romantic your Valentine's Day can be. If you dream of becoming a poet, write a poem and read it to others. If you want to sing, write and sing a song. Paint a painting. Make a collage. Do something new and creative, and be sure to share it with those you love. Not only will this be a wonderful gift to them, but you will be giving yourself a gift as well. Creativity is the wellspring of romance; it is the way in which we are able to find joyous ways to share the person we truly are inside.

Make It Last: Make being more creative your Valentine's Day resolution. Keep up your writing, singing or painting. The more you use your art to open yourself up, the richer and fuller your relationship will be.

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