There are always the traditional things to do on Valentine’s Day like the following:
- Give candy
- Exchange valentines
- Write a note of love and appreciation
- Have a special dinner
- Give flowers
- Make heart shaped cookies
Anything that can be cut into a heart can become a part of Valentine’s Day. It can be little sandwiches, pancakes, or scraps of material. Construction paper hearts make easy decorations for a window or a Valentine’s mobile.
For a special Valentine’s Day dinner all red food could be served. Spaghetti, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, pink lemonade, and strawberry milk shakes can add to the holiday atmosphere.
Visiting elderly who may have wonderful Valentine’s Day stories can be inspiring. They also are very appreciative of cards, gifts, and visits especially when they are widows or widowers. For those who may no longer be able to go shopping on their own, a shopping trip or items brought to them to give to their partner can make their last Valentine’s Days very special.
Children are very creative. They can make valentines to exchange at school or to give to family and friends. They can also make their own “mail boxes” for the Valentine’s or special bags. Children are often easy to please when it comes to Valentine’s Day gift giving.
Not everyone feels like being around others on Valentine’s Day. This can be especially true for those who are alone their first Valentine’s Day after a tragedy or breakup. Valentine’s Day can also be a day to appreciate yourself and your accomplishments. There is no reason to wait for others to give gifts and make a special dinner. Eat out or purchase that nice cut of steak you usually put off buying and enjoy a dinner at home.
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers, partners, and married couples. It is a day for everyone to show love and receive love, even if it is a healthy dose of self-love.