Showing love in amazing ways for Valentines Day doesn’t have to be limited to your spouse or significant other.
Thousands of cards are bought and sent for Valentines Day each year. Wives and girlfriends anticipate candy, flowers, or jewelry, while men struggle to find just the right gift to express their undying love for their sweetheart.
Early on in our relationship, my husband and I decided not to do much for each other on Valentines Day. He knows I love flowers, but they are so expensive, especially as Valentines Day approaches. (Since he knows I love flowers, he usually avoids the flower shop altogether and just visits the Floral Dept at the grocery store. Same show of love for a third of the price!)
As for a gift, with Christmas in December and my birthday in January, I can’t think of much I need just 4 short weeks later in February. Saving money on this particular holiday also allows us to save up for something fun for our anniversary in the summer.
This year, we’ve decided that instead of showing love for each other on Valentines Day, it would be more special if we tried showing love in amazing ways for other people.
Showing love in amazing ways for Valentines Day ~
- We often think of the homeless during Thanksgiving and Christmas time. What if this year, we showed love to the needy for Valentines Day? It’s still very cold in February, maybe even colder than it was in December. Hot coffee, blankets, socks, hats and scarves would be a nice way to show love for people who need our help year-round. Get your friends together and do a “red blanket brigade”. Find a bunch of red blankets and see how many you can pass out for Valentines Day.
- Shut-ins need people to check in on them in winter as well. Do you know anyone who lives alone and has a hard time managing by themselves? You can show them love by bringing them a hot meal, shovel their snow, take out their trash, or just visit for a while.
- Single friends or neighbors can be very lonely when everywhere they look people are talking about “love” and “spending time with your sweetheart”. Invite them to have dinner with you and maybe even give them candy with a note that says “It is so sweet having a friend/neighbor like you.”
- Grandparents would love to be shown some special attention on Valentines Day, especially if they live alone or have lost a spouse. They still need to know they are loved. If they live close by you can bring dinner to their house. If they live far away you can send them a “card shower”. This is where they receive several cards over the span of the week or two leading up to Valentines Day.
- Make the day about the kids. Occasionally, we go out to dinner “around” Valentines Day, but never on the day. A crowded restaurant with very busy staff is not my idea of romantic. So, we usually stay home and have a nice dinner with our daughter. I decorate the table and we give her a little candy.
- Another idea for the kids (not my original idea) is the “Love Fairy”. On the night of January 31, we put one paper heart on our daughter’s bedroom door so she sees it in the morning (Feb 1). The heart has a handwritten message sharing one thing we love about her (i.e. you have a beautiful smile, you are a great student, you are kind, etc.). She gets a new one every night until Valentines Day. On Feb 14, she has 14 hearts with messages on them. She loves them so much she usually keeps them up somewhere in her room all year long. We all pretend that we have no idea where the notes came from or who wrote them. We just tell her it must be the Love Fairy.
When most couples have birthdays, anniversaries, Christmases, etc. to shower each other with love and maybe a gift or two, showing love in amazing ways for other people can be a new tradition. A great way to show love and share love with the rest of the world. You might just make all the difference for someone who really needed to feel loved.