The Observer provides tips on celebrating “Galentine’s Day”

Parks and Rec's new holiday, Galentine's Day, allows people to enjoy time with their friends.

Parks and Rec's new holiday, Galentine's Day, allows people to enjoy time with their friends.

By Alissa Li, Observations editor

As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, single people cringe at the thought of stomaching another day of infatuated couples, saccharine chocolates and giant teddy bears.

 

However, right before that commercialized day comes the most underrated day of the year: Galentine’s Day. Originating from the popular TV series Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day occurs Feb. 13 for a day of celebrating friendship.

 

So, no fear, my single ladies. The Observer has hunted down a couple of sweet ideas you can enjoy with your favorite gal pals.

 

1. Channel your inner Taylor Swift

Shake it off and start your Galentine’s Day with some baking. From cookies to cake, desserts are always a crowd-pleaser to give out, and most importantly, to make. Check out a couple of recipes at http://www.thechurchillobserver.com/blogs-2/the-observer-cookbook/2012/12/21/the-observer-cookbook-chocolate-chip-scones/ and at http://www.thechurchillobserver.com/blogs-2/2012/11/09/the-observer-cookbook-pumpkin-bread/, courtesy of the Observer.

2. Get your game on

From Just Dance to Super Smash Bros., video games happen to be a great way to bond with your friends and is generally enjoyable for everyone involved. Try games like Wii Sports Resort and Just Dance that get you on your feet and moving, promoting exercise which could also help you decrease your stress levels.

3. Explore the outdoors

Speaking of exercise, go outdoors and enjoy the crisp winter air. Spend the afternoon hiking on outdoor trails, like the Billy Goat Trail. If you’re willing to take a longer trip, try out the Cunningham Falls Trail, known for its beautiful scenery and waterfall.

4. Eat your heart out

Food is undeniably one of the easiest ways to connect with your friends, no matter how different your interests may be. Instead of going to popular eateries like Chipotle and Cava, try some unique ethnic food at places like Mikonos, La Tasca, Amici Miei or Sugo Osteria. Or even better, try finding some recipes and making it at home with your friends.

5. Girl’s Night Out

Nothing says Galentine’s Day like a GNO (Girl’s Night Out) with your best friends. If you’re up for it, organize a trip up to DC to frequent one of its many trendy restaurants, like Vapiano, or simply walk around and enjoy the city life. However, if you feel like heading out earlier, try checking out some of DC’s many museums, like the Smithsonian Museums, the Newseum and the Spy Museum.

6. Just Talk 

Ultimately, nothing beats simply talking to your friends, whether it be gossiping or heart-to-heart conversations. Though it’s nothing too special, have a simple slumber party and talk over pizza and bad romantic comedies.

However, in the end, Galentine’s Day is all about spending some well-deserved time with your closest friends. No matter what you decide to do, as long as you spend it with your friends, you are celebrating Galentine’s Day right.