Galentine’s Day is a holiday that falls the day before Valentine’s Day, February 13th. It highlights the love and friendship among women, or, dare I say, gals. In Leslie’s own words, “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.”
When Valentine’s Day rolls around, there can be undue pressure to have a perfectly romantic time with your significant other. All of that anxiety melts away on Galentine’s Day, when you get to focus on the other loves in your life, namely the friends who keep you strong and who tell you when you have food stuck in your teeth. You would obviously do the same. This is a marker of true friendship. Plus, you can leave your husbands and boyfriends behind so you can get in some lady time.
Some awesome ways to celebrate Galentine’s Day:
- Have brunch with your girlfriends and family members.
- Share stories of long lost loves and/or the first times you remember meeting your friends.
- Exchange gifts. Some gift ideas from Leslie include mosaic portraits of her friends made from the crushed bottles of her friends’ favorite diet sodas, five thousand word essays on why each of her friends are awesome, and needlepoint pillows with her friends’ faces on them paired with a lead news headline from days they were born… Or you can exchange a small, store bought gift and a Galentine’s Day card. Or even just a hug!
It may have a silly name, but like the love of Valentine’s Day, we often take for granted the friendship and gals of Galentine’s Day. Let’s make it a point to tell our friends how much we care about and are thankful for them. You can never go wrong when you are with friends!
Guest Post by: Tawny Safieddine