Valentine’s Day is for all kinds of love
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples – anyone, even singles, can enjoy this holiday! It’s the perfect time to show love and affection to all the people you care about and even show some special attention to those less fortunate in your community. Here are five ways to celebrate February 14th.
- Make the Day Festive
Putting up decorations makes any holiday festive and more special. Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to make simple DIY decorations. Scatter flower petals around a candle. Cut out hearts from red and pink construction paper and decorate the fridge. Spending time with the grandkids? Let them make homemade valentines — paste a recent picture of you with them onto red or pink paper and decorate with glitter, stickers and the like. Then hang their decorations in your home.
- Celebrate with Special People
Any holiday is a good reason to get together with family and friends. Organize a simple lunch and cut out heart-shaped finger sandwiches. Invite friends to a casual potluck supper or organize a progressive dinner party.
- Share the Love
Do you know someone who has lost a loved one recently? Don’t forget them on this holiday, as it can be particularly lonely for someone who is grieving the loss of a spouse. Send a card and note, letting them know you are thinking about them. Have flowers delivered, or deliver them yourself if you live nearby. Better still, spend some time with him or her, and encourage them to reminisce about his or her loved one.
- Make Homemade Sweets to Share
Valentine’s Day and treats go together like peanut butter and jelly. Bake cookies, make fudge and whip up your favorite cake and share it with family and friends. Or borrow from the popular Christmas tradition of hosting a cookie exchange. Each invited person brings Valentine-themed cookies and then everyone gets one or more of each attendee’s cookie contribution. Tell everyone to wear pink or red and serve a fun cocktail like a pink-cored pomegranate martini.
- Share Love with the Community
If you like to knit or crochet, consider making red or pink hats or scarves to donate to local shelters or hospitals. Or deliver a batch of cookies. Better yet, visit a local nursing home to spend some time with residents who may not live close to family or friends.