Cashew fixed his beady black eyes on me as I held his golden brown plush fabric. At 10 years old, I received my first Valentine’s gift from a boy: a Ty Beanie Baby.
Sixteen years later, I can still feel the warmth of my cheeks blushing when the boy in my 5th-grade class handed me that adorable bear. He nervously shoved his hands in Spongebob Squarepants pajama pockets (it was Pajama Day at school) and asked, “Will you be my Valentine?”
Fast-forward to Valentine’s Day my senior year of high school, SGA held a fundraiser in which students could purchase carnations to raise money for prom and have them delivered to their recipients throughout the day. When the final bell rang, I accumulated over a dozen carnations on my desk, dumbfounded as to whom the flowers were from. Did I have a secret admirer? Were the carnations from my crush on the tennis team?
So remember how I said the fundraiser was held by my school’s SGA? Well, it just so happened my dad was the teacher sponsor for SGA. Yes, you guessed it; my dad purchased every single carnation I held in my hand.
When I think of Valentine’s Day, I cherish those two memories the most. However, for a majority of my years, February 14th has been a day in which I have been reminded of my singleness, aka “Singles Awareness Day.”
Side note: Why does Valentine’s Day have to be a negative and ostracized day for those of us who are single? We don’t need a significant other to feel complete. Furthermore, we
shouldn’t devalue our worth if we don’t have someone to call our Valentine; our value and worth come from Jesus, the one who loves us unconditionally. We are made complete in Christ: “And you have been made complete in Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority,” (see Colossians 2:10).
Regardless of our relationship status, God commands us to love others every single day, not just once a year.
However, I’ll admit that sometimes I need a reminder. I need a reminder to show compassion, express gratitude, extend a high-five, write a thank-you card, etc. For couples, that reminder falls on the 14th of February. But what about those of us who are single and need a reminder to love our friends?
Cue Galentine’s Day.
“Every February 13th, 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. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas. February 14th, Valentine’s Day, is about romance, but February 13th, Galentine’s Day, is about celebrating lady friends. It’s wonderful and it should be a national holiday” –Leslie Knope, Parks
FINALLY, a day to celebrate female friendship.
So to all of my lady friends looking for a fun night with your squad, check out these four ingredients to spice up your Galentine’s Day Party:
Roses are red. Violets are blue.
Breakfast for dinner to celebrate you.
Mimosas are a must, and pajamas are too.
Ladies celebrating ladies,
just like Leslie Knope would do.
1) Breakfast for Dinner
● Powdered Sugar
● Blueberries, Raspberries, Bananas
● Mini Chocolate Chips
● Cinnamon Rolls
● Krispy Kreme Donuts
● Bacon or Sausage
- XO balloons
- Confetti Banner
- Twinkle Lights
- 90s-00s Playlist
● JT or JB?
○ Play either Justin Timberlake or Justin Bieber songs and as soon as
you hit pause, whoever holds their correct JT or JB face up first,
must complete the rest of the lyrics of the song to earn a point.
● Which Ryan?
○ From movie quotes, random facts to naming the movie, whoever
holds their Ryan Gosling or Ryan Reynolds face up first and
answers the question correctly earns a point.
4) Words of Affirmation
● Take this opportunity to give thanks to God for the women He has placed in your
life and celebrate the friendships you have with one another. Extend words of
affirmation to those He has surrounded you within your season of life. Appreciate
and cherish moments like these. #blessed