What are your Valentine’s Day traditions?
Here, we’re taking a look at what love means to different people, and sharing all the wonderful activities our residents took part in to celebrate Valentine’s Day:
Valentine’s Day Traditions and Values
Many people choose to spend quality time with their partner or spouse for their Valentine’s Day traditions, exchanging gifts and cards and enjoying a meal together.
Some people use the day to celebrate their friendships or let their family members know how much they love them, whilst others might use the day to indulge in self-care.
Here at Wellbeing Care, our residents used the time to celebrate all the love they’ve given and received, both in the past and at present. They reflected on how they used to celebrate when they were younger whilst making cards and decorating their craft pieces.
Valentine’s Day Traditions: Arts and Crafts
Many of our residents got creative this Valentine’s Day, making a variety of love-themed decorations and cards. They decorated small glass jars with glitter and gems to create beautiful, eye-catching candle holders.
They also used red, white and pink tissue paper to decorate paper hearts, which they then attached to a piece of string to hang up around the room. Whilst making Valentine’s cards, our residents used a variety of paints and stamps to create thoughtful keepsakes.
Craft activities are great for allowing our residents to express themselves, whilst also providing them with the opportunity to unwind and relax. The calming nature of arts and crafts can help to reduce stress and anxiety, whilst increasing feelings of happiness.
Creative activities also offer the chance for residents to spend quality time together and have meaningful conversations. Whilst getting creative, our residents reminisced about their Valentine’s Day traditions from days gone by, sharing their experiences and memories with one another.
Baking Valentine’s Day Treats
Residents across our homes always enjoy cooking and baking activities. These are great for improving cognitive skills and memory, as our residents have to measure ingredients, trust their judgement, and follow instructions carefully.
For Valentine’s Day, they baked a batch of themed cupcakes. They drizzled the cakes with white icing and then sprinkled on edible love heart confetti. The finished look was very effective, and our residents enjoyed tucking into them.
They also had lots of fun dipping strawberries into chocolate - which they thoroughly enjoyed alongside some delicious love heart shortbread and meringues made by our wonderful kitchen staff.
Valentine’s Day Traditions: Words of Advice
To finish off the celebrations, we asked our residents to share some words of wisdom about love. We had some beautiful answers, including, ‘always be there for each other,’ which were written down on paper hearts. We then threaded the hearts onto some string to make a decorative garland, which we hung up in our main lounge.
This was a lovely activity that allowed our residents to reflect on what love means to them.
If you’ve enjoyed our blog about our Valentine’s Day traditions, why not read our previous article on making the most of your retirement?
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