The much awaited Valentine’s day is today. You look everywhere from newspapers to billboards to restaurants and social media everything looks so contrived. The hype associated with this day is just so overrated in my opinion. I’m particularly not a fan of V-day because there is a certain pressure associated which is highly unsettling for me.
We can do things for each other or together with the family without the hype, without making a “big deal” about the whole thing. How can you be intentional about your acts of love on this day? Get the gifting out of the equation and get into creating realistic-everlasting and memorable experiences. (Here’s a washington post on that)
Here are some of my recommendations ~
Family Cookout: Have the entire family cook together. Put together a menu which can be cooked together like a paneer tikka and corn pizza or butter chicken/ roti or bake a nice chocolate cake or even put a simple dessert together. (refer to whats cooking today for ideas)
Making Cards: Get the kids to make cards for everyone in the house. From the grandparents to all the family members in the house. Make them feel that they are important and special in your household.
Call that person: There would be friends/ siblings/ cousins/ elderlies in your phone contact list whom you haven’t connected in a while. So pick up the phone and dial their number and let them know you haven’t forgotten about them.
Game Night: Get those board games down, stored away on the high shelves and get everyone to play. If your staying in a joint family, then make teams and play a game of monopoly, scrabble, uno, carroms or jenga.
Sing together: One thing we Indians love to do is to sing. It doesn’t matter whether we sing good, we just love to sing a tune or two to the best of our abilities. Select songs that are family favourites which includes songs from the past. You can see how the much the elderlies love to sing old Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle and Yesudas numbers.
Laugh: Talk about old childhood – school and college memories, bring out the photo albums and discuss them in the family to have some fun.
Bed Boost and Movie Night: Pick up a nice family movie that can be watched and get a thermos full of hot boost (any chocolate drink the family likes) and cuddle up with some pillows and blankets.
Pray together: A family that prays together stays together. Thank God for the family you have and the people in it to make your life a meaningful one.
Acts 10:2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.