If you're stuck for ideas about how to celebrate this Valentine's Day, there are plenty of simple and fun ways to show you care. Even better, you can invite God into your Valentine's plans to share His love with others this year. Below, you can find six fun and faithful ideas for Valentine's Day festivity.
Although Valentine's day is most strongly associated with romantic love, it can also be a time to celebrate love between friends and community members. You can show your appreciation to friends and family in your assisted living community or any community by creating small Valentine's tokens with a Biblical focus.
This sweet craft from the inspirational Long Wait for Isabella blog shows you how to make cute wooden heart magnets. It also includes a free God Is Love (1 John 4:16) printable to accompany your magnet gifts in press-and-seal bags. It's a perfect simple craft to do with visiting grandkids, and buying the materials in bulk makes it affordable enough to give a Valentine to every special person in your life.
Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse for a get together in your assisted living suite, and you can plan ways to include God in your celebrations. Consider inviting your family or community members for dinner or ask everyone to bring a potluck dish. Don't forget to create a playlist of all your favorite romantic songs to set the mood.
Decorating your assisted living apartment or home with love-themed accessories can help create a romantic atmosphere, but you can also ask your guests to contribute to your theme. Ask each person to come prepared with their favorite Bible passage on the topic of love to share after dinner and spark discussion and reflection.
You don't need to don fancy dress to create a sweet Valentine's Day outfit. Purchasing cute, matching love-themed sweaters for you and your spouse is a heartfelt gift that ensures you both look stylish on the big day.
You can find plenty of coordinating sweaters or T-shirts with romantic imagery, and there are even faith-based options available. This cozy sweater from MoldPrintShirts on Etsy comes in a wide range of colors and sizes and would suit a man or a woman. It features a well-known passage from John 3:16 arranged as an acrostic poem to spell the word Valentine.
A romantic couple's movie night is a cozy, affordable Valentine's activity for chilly evenings. Stock up on popcorn and your favorite snacks, or consider ordering takeout to eat together on the couch while you enjoy a good film. Surprising your partner with a movie you enjoyed together while you were dating makes a thoughtful and personal Valentine's gift.
Alternatively, consider a romantic classic like Gone With the Wind or Roman Holiday. If you want to center your faith in your Valentine's movie night plans, there are several high-quality Christian movies to choose from. Like Arrows is a touching film that follows the journey of a Christian couple as they experience the triumphs and challenges of raising a family in faith. Joseph: King of Dreams is a wonderful, kid-appropriate option if you want to get the whole family involved in your movie night extravaganza.
If you're stuck for a meaningful Valentine's Day gift idea, a romantic mixtape could be the perfect way to show your partner or other loved one your appreciation. Take some time to remember all the songs that are significant to your relationship — whether it was the first dance at your wedding or simply a tune you've enjoyed listening to together over the years. Don't forget to include some of your favorite worship songs to celebrate your union in faith.
Don't worry if you don't have the equipment to transfer your playlist to CD. You can use a music streaming service like Spotify to create a romantic playlist for your loved one to listen to any time.
Taking time to learn a new skill with your loved one is a great way to honor your growing relationship. Residents in the assisted living communities under the Bethesda Senior Living Communities umbrella are always welcome to join in the wide range of on-site activities to help them explore new horizons and enjoy time with others. Alternatively, check with your local library or museum to find out if there are any free courses or talks available.
There are also plenty of fun and educational online courses available if you prefer to take a class from the comfort of your assisted living apartment. MasterClass is a subscription service that lets you access courses on a wide range of subjects from leading experts, including more than a few famous faces. Whether your passion is cookery, performing arts or literature, there should be a course available to suit every taste.
BiblicalTraining is the ideal resource if you and your loved one want to expand your scriptural education this Valentine's Day. It offers a broad biblical curriculum delivered by leading scholars for all knowledge levels, and you can access the entire database for free.