(GLEN ALLEN, Va.) — Roses are red, violets are blue, with a last name like “Loving,” how can you not have a kissing booth?
That’s exactly how Stephanie Loving, of Glen Allen, Virginia, feels, especially since her absolute favorite holiday is Valentine’s Day.
“I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. My last name was just the bonus,” Loving told ABC News. “As a child, opening up that bag at school and seeing what pretty Valentine’s you got from your friends, and candy, it was just the best. It was always a day I really looked forward to and as I got older I started setting up decorations. I would also send everyone in my Rolodex a Valentine’s card.”
In the Loving family’s front yard there is a kissing booth and 4-foot-tall hearts with Valentine’s-themed lights.
“I would decorate the whole inside of the house and I’m running out of room and I thought, ‘I should share this love with everyone else,’” she explained. “I asked my husband if he’d help me do this and he was reluctant because he knew it would be a lot of work, but we did it. We made all these 4-foot hearts and we made a kissing booth and it’s all decorated with tulle.”
She hopes it encourages all their neighbors to stop by for a photo-opp and some good old-fashioned fun.
“Valentine’s is just one day that you tell people you love them, but it should be every day. That’s my thing, spread love not hate,” said Loving, 44. “Neighbors, they come over, they take pictures. I was walking out the front door to take my daughter to gym class and there was a little boy in the kissing booth and his mom was taking a picture and the little boy ran away thinking he was getting in trouble and I said, ‘No, no, that’s what it’s there for.’”
Loving says she plans to keep decorating her home for many years to come.
“If my neighbors can handle tacky Christmas decorations, then they can handle a little of love,” she joked.
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