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It’s true that I love most holidays, for various reasons, and can never pick a favorite, but I have the softest spot in my heart for the holiday with all the hearts. I get it from my mom, who got it from her mom, and so on! My daughter loves it too:
I’ve never met bigger Valentine fans than my own family! My mom and I watch Hallmark movies year-round, and we don’t get as sad about Christmas ending as we used to, because we know there will be new movies in January and February! We send each other cards, year-round too, but especially for Valentine’s Day! Recently, my sister reminded us of our most amazing Valentine’s Day memories. My mom would make a giant, red “mailbox” with a slot for “mail” and one of the five of us kids would be the “mailman.” We would open the mailbox, reach in, and pull out the labeled cards to distribute to everyone in our family. As my sister said to my parents, “You raised us with so much love and appreciation for holidays.”
We were lucky, indeed. I come from a blended family, because my father passed away when I was nearly four, and my dad’s first wife passed away that same summer. My parents were set up by mutual friends and eventually we became a family of seven! Suddenly, I had four siblings. Holidays have always been a big deal for us because as a big, blended family, holidays were a way for us to connect and get to know each other – especially when we were all young and grieving. I will never forget what my parents did for us as kids to celebrate Valentine’s Day. What says love more than heartfelt cards to one another?
As a kid, my mom would make the giant Valentine’s Day mailbox and put it out a week or two before the holiday. The seven of us would then sneak our valentines to each other before Valentine’s Day, and then we’d wake up on Valentine’s Day morning for our tradition. The “mailman” of the family would dole out the cards, and we’d read them over heart-shaped breakfast and some small gifts. My mom has been an art teacher to children and adults for over 40 years, and she was the inspiration for this year’s family mailbox. We made it tailored for us, but some traditions have to stay the same for my kids.
What You Need:
An X-ACTO blade/knife or something that cuts foam core
Paintbrush – we used the handle for the “mailbox flag”
Glue gun – and glue sticks (this tool is for adults)
Ruler, pen/pencil and what you need for measurements
Decorations! Go crazy – tags, wood stickers, imagination
What You Do:
1 – Choose your design! My mom made this adorable one:
2 – You may decide on other materials once you put your house mailbox together. Like construction paper or jewels!
3 – Have an adult cut out the walls, windows, roof, etc. Chimney? Doors? We actually used decorations to make windows and doors, but it’s certainly part of the fun to choose your pieces for the mailbox. Add a base too, and a roof that flips!
4 – Attach the pieces together with the glue gun. Air-dry the house.
5 – Decorate! With glue or paper or anything you want! Be inventive! You can use paints or jewels or stickers.
*For a final step, pick out amazing Hallmark greeting cards to put in your mailbox!
Gifting Hallmark Signature Valentine’s Day Cards is the perfect way to show your family or your sweetie that you love them! Just look for them at Walmart! And hurry, because Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!