Welcome back to Tuesday and the work week and wow, what a difference a few days can make! From Arctic deep freeze to hello Spring-like temperatures in less than a week. From heaps of pristine snow to random clumps of frozen dirt and grit. It’s not exactly the prettiest, but if you were suffering last week in the cold, this kind of weather might seem like a welcome respite. How long will it last? Only the weather people know…and, you know, us if we watch the forecast.
We are just a little over a week out from a fairly important holiday, and one which we haven’t celebrated on the blog before and honestly it’s about time. Not Valentine’s Day, no. We usually have something to say about that, some ideas for gifts, etc. But this other holiday lets you celebrate the special women in your life – also known as your best friends.
That’s right Galentine’s Day is just around the corner! It happens annually on February 13th, and it’s a great way to tell your friends just how much they mean to you.
Galentine’s Day isn’t an official holiday, of course. It was created by Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope on the series Parks and Recreation, and this video explains, in Leslie’s own words, what Galentine’s Day is all about:
Ladies celebrating ladies. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Leslie. We love it!
And while you won’t find Galentine’s Day listed on any calendars – yet – it’s the kind of “holiday” that has crept into popular culture and more and more women are making plans with their friends on Feb 13th. We are all for anything that celebrates female friendships and breakfast!
A quick Google search for Galentine’s Day returns loads of hits with ideas for GD gifts for your besties, ideas for hosting GD parties, and other activities that may or may not include breakfast/brunch. Why not branch out!
Of course, not everyone can get together mid-week for a quality BFF hang, but the whole idea of Galentine’s Day crossing over from TV to reality is a really nice thing. Our lives get so busy, and whether it’s work, school, or family commitments, evening errands or just the need to collapse in front of the TV for some Netflix, we don’t always get to spend as much time with our friends as we once did. When you think back to high school or even post-secondary we were able to spend a lot of time with friends. In the same classes, the same extracurriculars, the same lunch break, maybe even the same after school job! Most of our days included our friends in a pretty big way. The older we get the more we have to work at making sure we cultivate those friendships because we often lose that proximity to our friends.
So, if it’s been a while since you’ve had a good visit with your friends, consider a Galentine’s Day meetup or even just get in touch to plan something for the near future. Valentine’s Day is great, of course, but, in the words of the Spice Girls, if you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends. Sage advice indeed.
Have a great week, friends. We’ll catch up with you again on Friday.