Love, Actually anyone?
Okay my friends, it is that time of year. Valentine’s brings a plethora of connotations and it definitely varies depending on your romantic situation. Maybe you are married and simply don’t find this holiday important, maybe you’re in a relationship but do not want to contribute to the major excuse for capitalism, maybe you happily celebrate romantic love every chance you get, or maybe you’re single and ready to mingle.
Whatever category your situation falls into, the sentiment of celebrating the love in our lives and an excuse for cheesy decor is something to value. Some of the most satisfying love is that of our closest friends. There are so many kinds of love out there to celebrate and I must say, no better love than that of your true friends.
In 2010 Amy Poehler made history playing her character Leslie Knope on Parks and Rec, and this time of year will never be the same thanks to her. In this episode of Parks and Rec, Leslie Knope says, “Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.”
Galentine’s Day is a day of celebrating the love they have for their friends and spending quality time with them. Not only is this fun, but studies have shown that it improves mental health. Psychology Today noted that research from the University of Oxford found that those of us who get together with our friends at least two times a week actually have less anxiety and may be in overall better health than those that don’t!
So obviously, we could not let this holiday pass us by without making room for our Galentine loves. While we are in a pandemic, which is basically a wet blanket on everything, there are some creative and beautiful ways to celebrate our friendships.
Craft it Up
Bust open some creativity by breaking out the doilies and construction paper and make some Valentine’s crafts. Not your thing? Buy thoughtful or just silly cards. I mean you could take it old school and pick out your favorite boxed Valentines, you know, the ones you used to buy for your whole class growing up? Then send them to your best pals!
Shop local and send thoughtful, sweet Galentine’s packages in the mail- who doesn’t love getting fun gifts as a surprise in the mail? We understand that sometimes shopping local can be tough when on a strict budget. Hit up the dollar store or Target dollar section if you’re in a bind. Retail is always a season ahead and all the cute Valentine’s Day stuff is on sale right now.
Make an Experience
Make an experience out of your day. Even though you can’t be with your friends in person, it can still be a celebration. Get ready for it like you would if you were going out. Turn on your favorite playlist while you put on your cheesy heart sweatshirt or pink and purple socks. If you’re feelin it, you can also throw on a fun red lip or some fancy pink and red eyeshadow.
Make a Meal or Cocktail
Before you meet for your Zoom Galentine’s Celebration, make your favorite brunch or meal and cocktail (or mocktail!) so that you can enjoy it all together. You can go all out with this if you want. Like to bake? Get your baking on. Break out those strawberry cup cakes and heart sprinkles you have been saving in the back of your pantry. Make your favorite brunch food. Do something that feels fun for you.
Plan an Activity
And lastly, what makes this zoom celebration feel a little more connected is doing some kind of activity together. This can be anything from
-Doing a tarot card reading
-Playing a (drinking) game
-Watching a movie together
-Doing a little spa event together
-Having a wine tasting
-Starting a mini book club
-Doing a craft together
-Doing a virtual paint and sip- here is how to do one on your own!
-Trying a hot seat- put each person in the ‘hot seat’ and everyone goes around and shares what they love about them. Who doesn’t need to hear these things??
A way to spread that love even further is after your galentine’s celebration, you can share the rest of your meal or baked goods with a neighbor or someone you know who may be alone this weekend by dropping it off at their door. This may be a great excuse to connect with and bring some joy to an elderly neighbor or someone you know that is having a hard time.
One thing Covid has done is release a new level of creativity. These times have been extremely lonely. It is more important than ever to lean on your community, even if they live across the country. This holiday weekend is about celebrating love. Even if this is the last thing you feel like doing, my hope is that this article gave you some inspiration to celebrate the love that you do have in your life.
“Female friendship has been the bedrock of women’s lives for as long as there have been women.” -Rebecca Traister, New York Times, February 27, 2016
Cheers to love + Galentine’s Day!