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Wow - what a winter we've had already! Use the short month of February to make enough warm memories to last throughout the remaining days of winter. Pretend every day is Valentine's Day and write sweet, mushy sentiments to your honeys daily and give lots of treats and surprises throughout the month. Along with Valentine's Day, add these celebrations to your calendar for special family time memories.
Polar Bear Day - Bear in mind that the beginning of February marks the halfway-point of winter. We're only halfway to springtime! Choose a really cold day and bundle up in several layers of clothing: don jackets, add hats, scarves, and gloves, then take a long winter walk. Be on the alert to see what creatures are braving the cold. Drink hot chocolate with miniature marshmallows upon your return, while reading aloud one or more of the Little Polar Bear books by Hans de Beer.
National Popcorn Day - Held annually on the day of the Super Bowl, this celebration is sure to score a goal with your family! Prepare a buffet of toppings, like seasoning salt, parmesan cheese, spray butter, Ranch dressing powder, caramel sauce and nuts, or small bits of candy or shredded chocolate bars. Pop enough popcorn for everyone to enjoy; then send them through the buffet line to concoct their snack for gametime.
Monopoly Board Game Anniversary - When was the last time you played Monopoly as a family? Drag out the old-fashioned board game to play, or grab a piece of poster board and draw in your own favorite locations and streets to play on.
Post Office Day - Speaking of days gone by, when was the last time you went to the Post Office or mailed a real letter - one that required a stamp instead of a send button - to someone? Find some stationary - they still make it - or purchase a card and write a long note. Take a trip to the Post Office together and send it on its way.
National Chili Day - With so many days of winter left, try this sweet and just a little spicy recipe to warm up the hearts of those you love. Combine in a very large pot: one pound each of cooked sausage and ground beef; one large chopped onion; two cloves of minced garlic; two twenty-eight cans of pork and beans; one-half cup brown sugar; one-half cup barbecue sauce; two tablespoons molasses; two tablespoons mustard; two tablespoons ketchup; one teaspoon each salt and pepper; one package chili seasoning mix. Enjoy on a cold evening!
Give hugs to your honeys and kisses to your cuties throughout the month of February. See you next month.
Statesboro native Julie Bland Lavender celebrates with husband David and children Jeremy, Jenifer, Jeb Daniel, and Jessica.