I am a fan of holidays and celebrations. I get joy out of gift giving on special days and even sending “happy mail” on a random Tuesday for no particular reason at all (my favorite!) On holidays, I try to go out of my way to think broadly about who I can celebrate. For example, on Mother’s Day, I may send cards to my children’s aunts, people who have been like a Mom to me, and so on. It’s a little different every year.
When Valentine’s Day rolls around, I love to deliver treats and special wishes to all kinds of people who fill my life with love. Yes, this means my immediate family of course, but many of them are swamped with work at our family’s restaurant around Valentine’s, which can make for little time to celebrate each other.
A few years ago, I started delivering treats to my good female friends as well. I realized I wasn’t alone in this when I learned that Galentine’s Day is an actual thing (that has its roots in a fictional TV show, but has taken off).
And why not? As I get older, I realize that the close friendships I have with women are some of the most powerful, nurturing relationships in my life. What better time of year to celebrate them than right around the ultimate holiday for love?
Each year my Galentine’s treat bags are different. This year, my card is a Golden Girls theme to “thank you for bein’ a friend” (found at Always Fits). I have a group of friends that somewhat resembles the personalities of these Golden Ladies. They’ll also get heart-shaped protein bagels (with their favorite sprinkles) and some other little trinkets and treats. Maybe a chocolate or two but since we are all working on our health goals, I’ll keep that to a minimum. A little sweet can go a long way.
It’s all about making them smile and letting them know they matter. Do you have any special friends in your life? Who can you surprise and celebrate this week? (Bonus points if you celebrate someone who may think no one will remember them!) Who fills your life with love?