With Valentine’s day upon us, do you find yourself getting anxious about finding the perfect gift for your loved ones? We tend to make the card and chocolate companies a lot of money trying to make the evening memorable. But don’t cave to the pressure to make this sweet holiday expensive or stressful, as time together is what is important on this lovely day.
Do you find we seem to be so caught up in the busy of life, we tend to forget that time can be one of the best ways to show our love? So rather than stressing out, try carving out time to make memories with some of your favorite people whether it’s with your kids, a good friend or a special date.
Years ago my friend and I got all prettied up for the perfect Valentine’s evening with our boyfriends (who is now my husband). They picked us up and we drove out to our favorite restaurant. The only problem was we hadn’t made dinner reservations, and it was Valentine’s day! There was no room. Not… one… single… place setting for the four of us. So we moved on trying to find a place to eat. We tried restaurant, after restaurant… and nothing! There was absolutely no room in the inn (this must have been what Mary felt when she was in labor with Jesus). Anyways, we were super cranky by this time, and well, when I get hungry… let’s just say my husband does everything he can to prevent the hangry Angie!
I remember feeling so much anticipation for the perfect evening only to be super disappointed. It really was nothing special… in fact, it was the opposite of special. Since then we steer clear of restaurants on Valentine’s day. We often go out a few days before or after, as many of our favorite places won’t even take reservations on one of their busiest evenings of the year… not to mention trying to get a babysitter on that night when our kids were small!
So we got super creative with our Valentine’s days. It saved us some money and helped us enjoy the most important part of the evening… quality time together.
10 creative ways to celebrate Valentine’s day with your date, as a family, or with friends
- Have appies for dinner and play some board games together
- Make some fun homemade decorations and hang them up around the house to make it feel festive
- Bake a yummy treat to share together
- Light some candles, and make a special dinner to serve on your most fancy plates
- Make cute homemade cards for one another
- Get take-out and get cozy on the sofa with a good movie
- Go for a hike with a picnic in tow
- Go for a drive and grab some ice cream
- Grab coffees and go for a walk through the park
- Enjoy your Valentine’s day dinner at your favorite restaurant a few days before or after Valentines day
Here is is a great reminder for a special day.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
It is super important to celebrate the special people in our life with quality time… and don’t forget to date your spouse regularly. I feel like Valentine’s day helps remind us to do this. If you have no one in your life to enjoy this day with, know there is a beautiful God who created you with love. He is love! He waits for you to spend time with Him so He can share His amazing love with you. Happy Valentines day sweet friend! What are some of your favorite Valentines day traditions? Sign up below for more fun updates right to your email!