Whether you’re single, married, dating, or have kids in the house, it can be challenge to make Valentine’s Day fun. While the holiday is mainly marketed commercially as a day for couples, it doesn’t have to be exclusively for people in intimate relationships.
Make Valentine’s Day Fun
But… if you are in a relationship, you may still need some ideas for making things more enjoyable. Here are some practical ideas on how to make Valentine’s Day fun this year.
If You’re Single
Yes, Valentine’s Day can make you very much aware that you are single, hence the alternative holiday, Single Awareness Day. But don’t let the marketing pitch get you down! Instead, consider trying some of these suggestions.
- Don’t give in to the pressure to “find someone” just because “everyone else” seems to be having a wonderful Valentine’s Day. First of all, none of those relationships are perfect, no matter how they seem; and second of all, it’s never a good idea to rush into a relationship just to “keep up with the Joneses.” With that out of the way, if you’re looking for advice and tips on dating, you can find a wealth of information on www.datingadvice.com.
- Treat yourself, and make it a tradition each year. Regardless of what you do for yourself — getting a manicure, grabbing dinner, reading a good book, doing something creative, etc. — the point is to make it a Valentine’s tradition so you have something to look forward to. Choose a treat that you can do without during the rest of the year, and then get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your own special activity.
- Take a different perspective and focus on the story of St. Valentine himself. Do a bit of research and learn what you can about the life of this saint.
If You’re in a Relationship
Your significant other may have ideas about Valentine’s Day that are not the same as yours. He/she may think it’s just “marketing hype” and they simply don’t want to give in to the materialism. Or, perhaps they feel all kinds of pressure to make Valentine’s Day perfect in order to impress you. Try to meet in the middle — find out what the other person really thinks about Valentine’s Day… and compromise. Here are some ideas.
- Be a romantic “stalker.” Leave love notes where your partner will find them; follow him/her on errands or to the office, and leave notes under the car windshield or, if you’re really on the ball, leave notes on his/her desk or in an area of the store where he/she is sure to go. Invest in a dry-erase marker and you can decorate mirrors and windows, too.
- Have a listening date, where your only goal is simply to hear what the other person’s dreams and goals are. Pay attention and encourage them in these areas as much as possible.
- Make a gift instead of buying one. Homemade gifts can be very endearing, whether they are something edible or a simple card or keepsake.
If You Have Kids
Don’t forget, children like Valentine’s Day too. Here are some ways to make it fun for the whole family.
- Get the family educated on the story of St. Valentine and talk about the meaning of the holiday. Let his story inspire your family celebrations. After all, it never hurts to encourage the learning process at home!
- Valentine’s Day crafts are always a great way to celebrate with kids. Everything from homemade cards to homemade sweet treats can create a perfect bonding activity with your children. Check online for some creative craft ideas and sweet recipes.
- Children may also enjoy some Valentine’s Day games, like searching for hidden love notes or candy hearts (similar to an Easter egg hunt).
These are just a few ideas to help you get started making this Valentine’s Day the most fun yet! Don’t be afraid to get creative and really think outside the box.