Valentine’s Day is a multi-billion dollar holiday. This year it’s estimated that people will spend $20.7 billion collectively on their Valentines with the average individual spending around $161.96 per person. So is Valentine’s Day just another made up holiday for Hallmark movies and cards?
The origin of Valentine’s Day can be traced back to a Roman festival call Lupercalia, which was celebrated in the middle of February to mark the official start of springtime. Later the holiday came to include St. Valentine, a Roman priest who arranged marriages in secret during a time when marriages had been banned. Eventually St. Valentine was caught, jailed, and sentenced to death. As the story goes, he was killed on Feb. 14, but not before he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and sent her a love letter he affectionately signed, “From your Valentine.” Now we mark the day giving cards, flowers, and candy to our loved ones.
While you can go all out and spend a small fortune on your Valentine, the main point of the holiday is to remind those close to you how much they mean to you, and we all know it’s the thought that counts. So before spending your hard-earned money on a lavish Valentine evening, consider these options for meaningful ways to celebrate your loved ones:
- Valentine's is a day for affirmations. A handwritten card or letter to express your feelings or hide notes of love and inspiration for your partner to find throughout the day.
- Get outside together – take a walk in the neighborhood or perhaps a hike at a nearby park. Anything that sparks a good conversation and quality time together.
- Consider an act of service – is there a particular chore you can do for your partner that goes above and beyond that you usually do to help them out?
- Give your partner the gift of some “me time.” Offer to take the kids to soccer practice or to run errands. Anything to give your significant other some much needed time to do something they love
- Make a home cooked dinner and watch the newest Netflix movie or show together.
Whatever you do, get creative
And don’t forget to grab your friends and celebrate “Galantine’s Day,” a day to celebrate your friendships, which is technically February 13.
This year Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday and Friday, respectively, which gives friends and couples the entire weekend to celebrate.
Tell us about your favorite Valentine’s Day/Galentine’s Day or how you’ll celebrate this year in the comments of this blog post.