Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Not Valentine's, but Galentine's Day!

Photo by alleksana from Pexels

It's early February but most drug stores here in New York City have been displaying Valentine’s Day paraphernalia since the first of January.

For most of my adult life I have considered Valentine’s Day a holiday romantic in nature, but in recent years with the inclusion of friendship, I’ve come to appreciate Valentine’s Day as a general day of Love and Friendship.

What is Galentine’s Day all about? Well, the terminology was introduced a few years back by Leslie Knope - a fictional character from the popular sitcom Parks and Recreation. Leslie declared, “Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.” What a great concept!

So, in the spirit of Galentine’s Day here are three simple suggestions:
  • Schedule a brunch date with g-pals (my own spin on the term) -  men and/or women :)
  • Exchange gifts - who doesn’t want gifts?
  • Consume fizzy drinks  - a Bellini, please.
Whether you're in a relationship, or happily detached, I’m sure you, too, can appreciate g-pals celebrating g-pals.

Happy Love & Friendship day folks!

Maria Cox


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