When I was growing up in Troy, Ala., my parents never booked a sitter on Valentine’s Day. The most romantic day of the year even happens to be their wedding anniversary, but they made the whole holiday about celebrating the love we had as a family.
They hung out around the house with my siblings and me instead of stealing away for a romantic dinner. We ate together, played games, and learned how to have fun with the people we loved.
For years as an adult, I’ve continued to make Valentine’s Day about more than a celebration of romantic love. I think of it as a day to show love to my family, friends, and perhaps people I know who might be feeling a little bit lonely.
On Valentine’s when my children were little, I would set a saucer with hot rolls, filled with my favorite cherry preserves, on their bedside table where they would see them when they woke. A little something sweet to start their day and remind them how much I love them.
Nowadays, I continue that tradition by giving a pan of my Parker House Style Rolls, wrapped in a basket with a pretty red dish cloth, to someone who might be spending Valentine’s Day alone or to a friend who has really been there for me. I tuck in a jar of my favorite preserves so they can make their own sweet treats.
Maybe you could consider giving the same kind of gift. If you’re the type of home cook who makes your own fruit preserves, pull down a jar from your cupboard and add a special label for the holiday. If not, there’s no shame in picking up a special jar of honey or gourmet jam on the way to your grocer’s frozen foods section to find Sister Schubert’s products.
While you’re there, grab a few packages of Sister Schubert’s® Cinnamon Rolls to give away, too. I also like to share those for Valentine’s Day. Attach a note that says “Sweets for the Sweet” and give them to someone special.
You can even squeeze the icing from the easy-to-use icing packet into a little bowl and add a drop of red food coloring to turn it pink. The packages come with more icing than ever now, so there’s plenty to spread across the pan of warm, baked Cinnamon Rolls. Drive them over to a friend’s house, your hair dresser’s shop, your child’s piano teacher. It’s a pretty scrumptious Valentine’s gift, and it will make them smile. I promise.
It’s just so fun to have a holiday that celebrates true love! Enjoy the day however you spend it. I’ll be thinking about my parents, who first modeled love for me. And I’ll be celebrating the love I have for my own family and friends—the kind that lasts a lifetime.