3 Lovely Things To Do This Valentine’s Day

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When I was in grade school I really looked forward to Valentine’s Day. The thing I enjoyed most was handing out Valentine’s cards to my classmates. The night before, I’d sort through the boxed set of cards my mother picked up at Kmart, and decide which one I would give to each boy and girl in my class. Among the colorful cards with cartoon sheep (“Won’t Ewe Be My Valentine”!) and owls (“Owl Be Your Valentine!”) there was sure to be a special one that I would set aside for the cute boy in my class…

It wasn’t until I grew older that I became somewhat cynical towards Valentine’s Day. Maybe it was the way the store shelves exploded with pink hearts and boxes of candy as soon as the Christmas decorations came down, but I started to see Valentine’s Day as nothing more than a “Hallmark holiday” whose sole purpose was to generate revenue for greeting card companies and store merchants. Lately though, my position has softened, and I’m not as jaded as I once was towards February 14. Valentine’s Day is supposed to celebrate love, after all, and the holiday really can be a magical time. So with that I present three lovely things to do this Valentine’s Day to make the holiday special.

1.  Tell the people in your life that you love them. With the advent of email and Facebook, I’m more connected with the  people in my life, yet strangely enough more distant. During a typical, hectic day, I can fire off an instant message to my sister in California or like one of my girlfriend’s Facebook posts. In many ways I know more about the minutia of friends’ and families’ daily lives than I ever did before, and they in turn know more about mine. To make this Valentine’s Day really special though, I suggest that we pick up the phone and tell our loved ones how much we appreciate and care for them.  Better yet, take pen to paper and write an old fashioned letter. Phone calls and snail mail may be considered quaint in our age of technological wonders, but heart-felt, personal communication is a lovely thing to do on this special day.

2. Write a romantic love letter to your spouse or significant other. Nothing gives a feeling of warmth and giddiness quite like  a love letter. There’s something pure and magical about the love of your life declaring their passion for you. Shakespeare knew this very thing when he wrote sonnet 18:  Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate… 

We all can’t be the Bard however, and writing love letters can be difficult. How can you even begin to explain the love you feel for your partner without the words sounding hackneyed and cliched? Instead of trying to write a Shakespearean masterpiece, keep it short and personal. Here’s a few ideas to start with:

  • Tell your partner about something they did that made you feel special
  • Tell your partner about something you would never change about them
  • Tell your partner what they taught you about yourself or what they inspired you to do

Your love note can also be quirky 🙂 How about writing a humorous personals ad with your loved one in mind? Wanted: tall dark and handsome willing to take moonlit walks and watch Castle with. Must not be afraid of changing oil on ten year old minivan and crying kids… Basically, your love letter can be playful and fun.

3. Bake cupcakes or cookies with your kids. Most holidays are associated with food. What would Thanksgiving be without the turkey? Or the Fourth of July with hot dogs and hamburgers? Valentine’s Day is usually associated with boxes of chocolate and candy hearts. Sure, you could give your kids candy, but to make the day really special, bake some cupcakes or cookies with your children. Personally, I find that baking with my girls is a wonderful way to spend time together. The trouble is, I often find myself so overwhelmed with the day-to-day grind that I don’t have enough time to bake. It’s a lovely thing though to make the time, and there’s no better day than Valentine’s Day to break out the mixing bowls, flour, sugar, and butter.

So how about it? Do you have any ideas for lovely things to do this Valentine’s Day?

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