Approximately 2,100 Canadian Armed Forces members are deployed on 19 different operations around the world this Valentine’s Day, which means many spouses and partners are celebrating the holiday of love alone.
But being apart doesn’t mean being disconnected this Feb. 14, and there are many ways, besides a simple phone call, to celebrate your love while away from your significant other.
Virtual Movie Date
If your military loved one is stationed somewhere with reliable internet, there’s no reason you can’t have a virtual movie date. Set a time, pick a movie, and enjoy knowing that each of you is sharing the same experience at the same time. You can take it to the next level by messaging, jumping on Skype, or being on the phone to comment and laugh together.
Skype Dinner Date
Similar to the movie date, couples can use Skype to have a virtual date. Pick a time, get on Skype, and sit down with your food…just like a regular date!
If you and your partner enjoy a little competition, then virtual games are the way to go. There are plenty of games online from traditional board games to more advanced online games that allow you to pick your partner.
To show your significant other you’re thinking of them this Valentine’s Day send them a care package full of their favourite things from back home and treats that have significance to both of you. Just be sure to mail it out with plenty of time for the package to get to their destination on time.
Don’t want to spend Valentine’s Day alone? Then make a date of it with your friends and other military spouses. Go out and hit the town or have an intimate evening in with your closest friends and some soul food.
Take Valentine’s Day as a day to fly solo and recharge. Catch up on old hobbies you’ve been putting off, visit the spa, take a hike, or even spend the evening on the couch watching all the shows backed up on your DVR.
Sweets are the quintessential comfort food, and if you’re really missing your loved one this year, try baking a new recipe or your favourite desserts. If you have kids, they’ll love jumping in to help you with this tasty activity.
Just another day
You could also choose not to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. You and your significant other may decide to wait to celebrate the holiday upon their return or skip the holiday all together and celebrate each other’s love year-round.