Sunday, December 17, 2017
Holidays

More than one kind of love, more than one way to show it

Besides the usual romantic dinner, there are many ways to celebrate Valentine's Day, which has evolved into a secular holiday from its origins in the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Valentine. Try these neat ideas to spread the love:

Wake up a little bit early to make breakfast for your family. If you never get to eat dinner together, try to sit at the table together for at least a few minutes for breakfast. Honestly, nothing is easier than buying a can of cinnamon rolls. Set them out evenly on a pan, and pinch one side to form a heart. Make sure the angles are defined; they will expand a lot.

Show some love for the environment. Take your date on a picnic if the weather is nice and eat on reusable plates, with real cutlery and cloth napkins.

Be the sweetheart of your school. Take a huge bag of affordable candy and pass out to everyone. This is a great way to transcend the social hierarchies.

Make treats (see suggestions on Page 6) and give them to the children in your life. They look up to you more than you might think! Write a few words of encouragement.

If you like to bake, whip up some treats for a local nursing home. Call ahead of time to see what the policy is. When you drop them off, spend a little while visiting with residents.

Serve food at a soup kitchen with family, friends or that special someone. Call ahead to schedule.

Heather Finster is a junior at St. Petersburg Catholic and a staff writer for tb-two*, the Times' high school weekly.

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