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Keep Valentine’s Traditions Alive

Last year, Valentine’s Day looked much like it usually does with candlelit dinners and cozy, romantic celebrations. You might assume not much can be done this year due to pandemic restrictions, but that’s not true! Keep your favorite Valentine traditions going by being flexible and adding a little ingenuity to the mix.

Visit virtual Valentines
If you can’t be with the ones you love this Valentine’s Day, set up a fun Zoom call with close friends or family members. Scheduleit for lunch or dinner so you can enjoy eating together.

Let love bloom
Remember those who are far away but close to your heart by sending a bouquet in shades of red, pink and white. Florists are sure to be swamped in mid-February, so consider scheduling your order a bit ahead of the 14th. There’s nothing wrong with starting the celebration a little early!

Drink it in
Making craft cocktails is a fun way to get creative. Look online for information about virtual mixology classes you and your significant other can enjoy together.

Walk the walk
Nothing says love like a romantic hike or stroll for two. Bundle up and head outdoors to enjoy some of the local scenery together. It’s good for your heart, both literally and figuratively. For ideas, check out Best Hikes Near St. Louis by J.D. Tanner.

Get carded
Not particularly talented at figuring out what to write in a Valentine’s card?
No worries. Visit ideas.hallmark.com for tons of heartfelt hints on crafting a memorable message.

Feed the feeling
There’s no better way to make your loved one feel special than by cooking their favorite meal. A Valentine’s dinner for two can be just as romantic at your own dining room table, so find some ways to make it extra special, like adding candles, relaxing background music and fresh flowers. Or, if you don’t feel like breaking out the pots and pans, show your favorite local restaurant some love by ordering in.

Start waffling
Speaking of food, why not brunch to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Create a do-it-yourself waffle or pancake bar withfresh fruit, specialty syrups and jams, whipped cream, sprinkles and other tempting treats.

Bake it special
Make the kids part of your love fest, and whip up heart-shaped cookies together. Decorate to your heart’s content.

Love the local
Chances are, there are captivating outdoor landmarks in your area that would make the perfect backdrop for a romantic Valentine’s Day photo op. Be a tourist in your own town, and check off some points of interest you’ve been meaning to check out.

Sources: countryliving.com, hallmark.com

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