Celebrate Your Marriage

11 Ways to Celebrate Marriage
Once in a while, when I’m bored, or curious (or need a good introduction to a blog post!), I browse through the “Days of the Year” website. I never cease to be amazed at the variety of celebrations on the calendar. In February, people will be celebrating Stuffed Mushroom Day, Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day, World Nutella Day, and Gumdrop Day. Mouth-watering, right? February also includes Thank Your Mailman Day, Take Your Child to the Library Day, and Extraterrestrial Culture Day. If I followed my taste buds here, I’d probably be advocating for World Nutella Day; if I succumbed to my inner geek, I’d go with Extraterrestrial Culture Day. But, given the proximity of Lent, the lack of known alien life, and my focus on marriage and family life both in my job and at home, I’ll rise above the tasty and bizarre, and focus your attention on February 14. This year, February 14 is both Valentine’s Day and World Marriage Day. The two focuses actually go pretty well together, so here are a few ideas to help you celebrate your marriage on February 14 (or throughout the year – some of these things take more than a day).

1. Relive your first date.
2. Look through photos from the time you were dating until the present. Talk about the time you’ve been together, your favorite memories, things you’re grateful for and things you’ve learned from each other.
3. Read a book together to strengthen your marriage. Spousal Prayer: A Way to Marital Happiness by Deacon James Keating is one I highly recommend.
4. Renew your wedding vows.
5. Write a prayer together entrusting your marriage to God and asking him to bless it.
6. Consider starting a time of daily prayer together if you don’t already have time set aside. Even if you only have a few minutes a day, that’s fine (more about that here).
7. Do you have love letters from prior years? Reread them together.
8. Ask your pastor for a blessing.
9. Begin a marriage enrichment program to renew and deepen your commitment to each other.
10. Go a marriage retreat. This could mean going away to a retreat house for a day or two, or doing a simple retreat together in your own home. The For Your Marriage website offers 3 “seven day virtual” retreats that couples can do at home by setting aside a little time each day.
11. Write 365 reasons why you love your spouse on slips of paper, fold them and put them in a jar. Your spouse can open one slip of paper each day for the next year.

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