While the holiday is marketed as a day for couples, it can be a bit of a challenge to make Valentines Day fun but it doesn't have to be.
How to Make Valentines Day Fun
Whether you're single, married, dating, or have small kids in the house, it can be a bit of a challenge to make Valentines Day fun. While the holiday is marketed as a day for couples, it doesn't have to be exclusively for people in intimate relationships. But if you are in a relationship, you still might need some ideas for making things enjoyable.
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Here are some ideas on how to make Valentines Day fun.
For Couples in a Relationship
-Be a romantic "stalker" - for instance, leave notes where your partner will find them; follow him/her on errands or to the office, and leave notes under the car windshield, in addition 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, after all, your goal is simply to hear what the other person's dreams and goals are.
-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're Single
Yes, Valentine's Day can make you very much aware that you are single. 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."
-Treat yourself, and make it a tradition each year. Regardless of what you do for yourself - getting a manicure, eating out, 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.
-If you're religious, focus on the story of St. Valentine himself and learn what you can about the life of this saint.
If You Have Kids
Children like Valentines Day, too. Here are some ways to make it fun for the family.
-If your family is religious, read the story of St. Valentine and talk about the meaning of the holiday. Let his story inspire your celebrations.
-Valentine's Day crafts are always a great way to celebrate with kids, from homemade cards to homemade sweet treats. Check online for some creative craft ideas.
-Small children may like Valentine's Day games, like searching for hidden paper or candy hearts (like an Easter egg hunt).
These are just a few ideas to help you get started making this Valentine's Day the most fun yet!
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