Life is a celebration and who needs special days to celebrate special people in our lives ( including our own selves) ?? Small gifts even when there is no occasion, surprise dinner outings once in a while serve to cement a relationship more than a lavish once in a year treat. It’s the little acts that demonstrates love, respect & understanding towards each other every day. A strong relationship celebrates ‘Valentine’s day almost everyday’.
The real meaning of this day – expression of love – is sidelined by the cult of consumerism, all thanks to the manufacturers. As a result cards,chocolates,cakes,clothes & other gifts ( read expensive ! ) take priority.
Valentines day is special for me but it’s really not a BIG DEAL. Now don’t get me wrong here. We do like nice dinners, surprise treats and spending time together , just that we don’t get trapped into the hype of this day.
When all is said and done, there will be thousands of cupid stuck couples who would go to a great length to prove/show their love. If you don’t want to follow the crowd (which, by the way, I rarely do in such matters!) , here are some good old fashioned activities for the family fun & bonding. You can do these with your partner, kids , friends or just by yourself :
Cozy up on a couch & watch your favorite movie or T.V. show .
Pack up your favorite snacks & go for a picnic.
Cook up a meal together.
Throw a Valentine party for your friends or just your family.
Do a craft – make small hearts from card board paper & decorate your house using them or make valentine cards. Trust me it’s lot of fun.
Touch lives – help someone in need & spread joy.
- Pamper yourself – manicure, pedicure, massage ( hair or body or both ).
- Go for a hike.
Whatever you decide to do, it should be an enjoyable moment for you & your loved ones; a break from your fast paced lives. If you are a single then don’t feel discouraged. Love yourself, know that you deserve to be happy and just have fun in your own company. You don’t need anyone to enjoy most of the above mentioned activities.
And as they say ‘Good Food Maketh A Great Occasion’, I’ll definitely cook something special for my family. I do that at least once every week. To me any celebration is incomplete without a home cooked, heart meal. To kick start the Valentine week I made Gajar Halwa ( Carrot Pudding ) yesterday which is a popular Indian dessert during winters.
Coming up next : Outfit ideas for Valentine’s Day
Meanwhile do check my Instagram and Facebook for daily inspiration.