Valentine’s Day can be a hit or miss holiday depending on your relationship status and the temperature of the relationship. Notice I wrote can. Valentine’s Day does not need to be all about romantic love though the media wants you to believe it is. Last time I checked Valentine’s Day is about those people you love and and not only romantic. From my personal experience I think it is time for a reboot on Valentine’s Day.
During my early teenage years my mom held a special meal on Valentine’s Day for the family. She made our favorite meal with desserts and with other simple ways to make us feel special. That memory has stuck with me because in high school I saw these girls who I thought were beautiful get flowers and balloons from their boyfriends while I was very much left out. But coming home I received a different message, that I was loved and special. Though I did not understand the impact of this simple meal, looking back I can understand it was a turning point for me to see Valentine’s Day as about loving others.
I am all about making life easy so here is an example of how you can affordably start this tradition with simple steps with family or friends:
- At the Dollar Store to pick up Valentine’s tablecloth, decorations and cards.
- Plan your Valetine’s Day meal with your family or friend’s input
- Set aside time for grocery shopping and any food prep
- Fill out a Valentine card for each person sharing why you appreciate them
- Cook, eat and enjoy!
Do not underestimate the impact of showing love and appreciation for others or the impact on yourself!
I would love to hear if you have any Valentine’s Day traditions with your family or friends?