What’s better than gathering your favorite gals and celebrating love? Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because it provides the perfect excuse to do just that.
In college and then on into my days as a single working girl, my roommates and I would host an epic gift exchange. And now instead of fighting the crowd for reservations, Joel and I host a couples’ dinner party. Maybe this year you could think through a few favorite friends and throw your very own simple, yet memorable Gal-entine’s Day Party?
I say pick 5-7 friends, invite them over on a Saturday morning around 10. Run to Walmart for box of muffin mix (Krusteaz pumpkin cupcake mix sans icing, with chocolate chips and butterscotch chips thrown in is the best!), a tub of vanilla yogurt, fruit and some granola, (chia seeds, flax and the like if you’re feeling fancy!) Set out some coconut shavings, sprinkles, nuts and honey, splurge on some pretty flutes (these were $1 from Ikea!) lay it all out nicely with cute disposable everything and enjoy a fruit and yogurt bar! I like doing make-your-own bars because it gets people moving, talking and creating! Plus, you literally dump stuff in bowls and it somehow looks way more magical than it really is.
Perhaps you could do a Favorite Things Exchange or a Chocolate Exchange (!!!) or just sit around and talk. Whatever you decide, people will be so glad you took the initiative to invite them into your home for a simple, yet lovely morning.
I know there are lots of negative connotations about Valentine’s Day. Parents and Hallmark wayyyy overdoing it and blowing up social media in the process, people feeling all the feelings that go along with S.A.D (singles awareness day), etc. but I think these things can be redeemed.
My parents always made Valentine’s Day really special when we were growing up. They would treat February 14th as our “spiritual birthdays” and it would be nearly as much of a celebration as our normal birthdays! I’m not even sure if one of us trusted Christ around Valentine’s Day, if they just wanted it to be about God’s love, or so that we would always have someone to show us special love and attention on this holiday; but it was brilliant.
Also, every year without fail, I would run down my parents’ driveway to the mailbox and find a bright red envelope containing a beautifully penned and perfectly rhymed poem from a special “Secret Admirer”. Years later I would learn that this admirer was my maternal grandfather! It always meant so much that he went out of his way to show that playful yet meaningful love to a granddaughter who lived 11 hours away. Such an incredibly sweet memory.
So, who could you create meaningful memories for this Valentine’s Day? How can we reflect and celebrate God’s love with those around us? Do you have any fun memories of Valentine’s Day?