Valentine’s Day comes every year on February 14th. It's a day marked by red and pink colors, chocolate, flowers, and love. Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day this year with your spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend, friends, or family, you can still have a great Valentine's Day. Many people think you can only celebrate Valentine’s if you are in a romantic relationship, but this isn’t true. You can help any of your loved ones know they are loved this year for Valentine’s.
Here are five ways to celebrate February 14th this year:
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One way to celebrate Valentine’s this year is by hosting a Galentine’s party. Galentine’s is a newer holiday that focuses on friends ("gals") celebrating Valentine’s together. Galentine’s is all about friends getting together to celebrate Valentine’s by having chocolate, watching movies, or doing fun crafts. Whether you are single or not, Galentine’s could be a fun idea to try this year with your friends.
You can be unique in the way you celebrate Galentine’s as you can have a spa party, a movie marathon, or just time to catch up. Galentine’s can be a lot of fun and help your friends know that they are loved, especially friends who are struggling with being single or have gone through a bad breakup. Everyone deserves to feel loved. Jesus wants us to love all people, and this includes our friends (John 13:34). Our friends are with us through the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Since this is true, we need to celebrate with our friends this Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s doesn’t have to be all about romance or spending time with your partner. You can do something different this year and catch up with your female friends. Galentine’s also gives you the perfect excuse to catch up with some of the friends you haven't seen in a while. Consider hosting a Galentine’s this year with your gal friends and help them know how much they mean to you.
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2. A Fun Date with Your Spouse
A second way to celebrate Valentine’s this year is taking your spouse out for a fun event. While this is a more traditional way to celebrate Valentine’s, it still should not be overlooked. Sadly, many traditional ways to celebrate Valentine’s are underrated in the modern day, but they are still great ways to celebrate Valentine’s with your husband or wife. Your spouse should be your best friend and your constant source of report. They should be the person you love more than anyone else, only second to God. Your husband or wife is the person you see the most, know the most, and love the most outside of God.
With this being said, this is why it is important to celebrate your spouse on Valentine’s. If you forget this holiday, it will hurt your spouse’s feelings. It could be Valentine’s is your spouse’s favorite holiday because it gives both of you the chance to spend uninterrupted time with each other. If you forget Valentine’s or you don’t do anything special for your spouse, it will make them feel as though you do not really love them. While this might sound dramatic, it isn't. Forgetting Valentine’s Day when you are married is similar to forgetting your anniversary or your spouse’s birthday.
Taking your spouse out to a fun event is a great way to celebrate your spouse this Valentine’s Day. Try to think of something different you can do together besides dinner and a movie. This could be going rock climbing, looking at the stars in a field, or going on a pre-planned mini vacation. All of these things can help your spouse feel loved. Valentine’s Day is all about making your loved ones feel loved and taking your spouse out to a fun event will surely make them feel loved.
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3. Creating Valentine's Cards with Your Kids
A third way to celebrate Valentine’s this year is to make Valentine's cards with your kids. Valentine’s cards are fun to make ahead of time because your kids can pass them out once they go to school. It should be noted that when you help your kids make Valentine's cards they should make a Valentine's card for every classmate. They do not need to play favorites nor should they only pass out Valentine's cards to certain people.
If your kids are homeschooled, they can still do this craft and make Valentine's cards for you as the parents, their siblings, and neighbors. Just because your kid doesn’t go to public school does not mean they have to miss out on the fun of making Valentine's cards with you. Make sure you are always there with them while they are making their cards, and don't forget to safeguard sharp things, such as scissors.
Depending on how old your kids are, you might be able to make more advanced cards or crafts. However, even if your kids do not feel up to making Valentine's Day cards from scratch, you can always purchase a pack of Valentine's cards from a grocery store or a department store. These can still be special and made personal by addressing the card to the person as well as your child signing their name. Whether your kids are up to making Valentine's cards from scratch or not, this can be a great activity you can do with them during the days leading up to Valentine’s.
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4. Sending a Special Card to Your Parents
A fourth way to celebrate Valentine’s this year is to send a special card to your parents. Our parents are the people who raised us and helped us become the people we are today. While many times our parents can fail us, we still love them. Even as we get older, we still love our parents and want them to know that we care about them. A great way to make them feel cared for this Valentine’s is by sending a special card to your parents. This can be a Valentine’s Day card or it can just be a handwritten note.
It is important to be genuine in your note and tell them how much you love them. Parents love to hear from their adult children, and they will be especially glad to see your kind letter to them. It will be sure to make their entire day. If you have siblings, ask your siblings to also write your parents a card, or they can sign your card if they are short on time. Your parents will love to get the special card you make for them, and it will ensure they have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.
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5. Spending Time with Your Furry Friend
A fifth way to celebrate Valentine’s this year is to spend some time with your furry friends. If you are a pet owner, you know how much your pets become part of your family. Your dog or cat is just not a dog or a cat. Rather, your dog and cat are part of your family. We develop strong bonds with our pets, and we love them with our whole hearts just as they love us. This Valentine’s Day, try to spend some extra time with them to help them feel loved this holiday season.
Your dog would love to go on a walk or go on an adventure to a new park. If you have a cat, your cat might be happy just to be left to its own devices; however, maybe you could get its favorite cat treats for Valentine’s. Whatever you choose will be sure to be a hit with your furry friend. If you don't have a furry member of your family, consider adopting a dog or a cat this Valentine’s Day. There are plenty of dogs and cats at your local humane society that need to find lasting homes. Getting a new furry friend could be the perfect Valentine’s Day activity.
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Originally published Thursday, 08 February 2024.