Start a Galentine’s Day Tradition With Your Friends

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Have you heard of Galentine’s Day? If you’re a fan of the television series Parks and Recreation, you definitely have. This holiday for “gal pals” got its start in that show.

Galentine’s Day is celebrated the day before Valentine’s Day, February 13. While the name may suggest it’s a holiday for women to celebrate their friendships, any platonic friends (no matter their orientation) can celebrate this holiday meant for pals!

If you’ve been thinking of starting your own Galentine’s Day tradition with a group of friends, here are some things you can do to get the ball rolling.

1Make Sure Everyone Can Be Available the Day Before Valentine’s Day

While Galentine’s Day traditionally falls on the day before Valentine’s Day, you don’t have to celebrate on the 13th. Figure out what day your pals are available to get together. If you set a specific date for each year, you’ll avoid making plans that interfere with your friend time.

2Decide Where You’re Going to Celebrate

On Parks and Rec, those who celebrated Galentine’s Day went out for breakfast each year. You can meet up for whatever meal you want, or just get together for drinks. Perhaps you’ll want to meet at one of your friend’s homes rather than going out for the day. Make it a potluck party and have everyone bring a treat, food dish, or libation.

3Decide If You’ll Swap Gifts

When it comes to a traditional Valentine’s Day, many of us expect to receive cards, chocolates, bouquets of flowers or fruit, or jewelry. While Galentine’s Day gifts can simply be the “gift” of the company, you could also do a gift swap.

To make it extra fun (and fair), drop the names of all those planning to attend in a hat and draw two names at a time. Those two people will exchange gifts with one another. Set a price limit on spending on gifts. You can even make a little paper for each person to fill out that tells some of their favorite things. Include things like favorite color, favorite scent, clothing size, and favorite sweet.

4Dress Up and Have Fun With It

Encourage your groups of friends to dress like you’re celebrating the season of love. Wear reds and pinks, put a heart button on your sleeve, wear rose-colored glasses, and hang those heart-shaped earrings. 

5Don’t Forget to Say ‘I Love You’

The most important part of Galentine’s Day is showing up and telling your friends how much you love them, and how important they are in your life. Platonic love is real, and it’s pretty amazing. Our friends choose to be there for us, just as we choose to be there for them. There’s no “blood” holding these relationships together. By expressing your love in actions and words, your friends will know just how much you appreciate them.

Before you head home to get ready for a Valentine’s date or a singles party, hug your friends and tell them you love them.

Tags: Friends, Galentine's Day, love, friend

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Yvonne Glasgow

Yvonne Glasgow is a passionate writer with a Ph.D. in Holistic Life Coaching and a Doctor of Divinity in Spiritual Counseling. See Full Bio

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