5 Sweet Ways to Spend Sweetest Day
We know there are still four months until Valentine’s Day, so for now, spread the sweetness on Sweetest Day — the third Saturday in October. It may sound like a work of fiction, but this American holiday has been around for more than 80 years.
Sweetest Day started in the early 1920s, when philanthropist and Ohio Candy Company employee Herbert Birch Kingston distributed candy and gifts to orphans and those less fortunate in an attempt to show that someone cared, according to theholidayspot.com. The holiday caught on in the 1930s when Hollywood actors jumped on board, and the day has since spread from the Midwest to across the nation. This Oct. 18, if candy and cards seem cliché, try out these sweet ways to celebrate.
Relive your first date: There’s something about the beginning of a romance that’s filled with sweet gestures — dinner dates, walks in the park, gifts for no reason and just spending time together. Reliving one of your first dates is a nostalgic and sentimental way to celebrate the holiday. Book a reservation and retrace your route together.
Volunteer in your community: Channel the first Sweetest Day and spend time letting others know you care by volunteering in your community. Check out VolunteerMatch.org to narrow down a vast range of local efforts that appeal to you, from children to seniors to animals. You can spend a Saturday reading to kids, serving meals to seniors, or walking adoptable dogs. Besides being a sweet gesture, it’s good for you heart — and if you volunteer regularly, it can even lower your blood pressure, according to the American Psychological Association.
Make a scrapbook: If you have stacks of old photos and even more stored away on your computer’s hard drive, print out a few of your favorites to make a scrapbook of your memories with your mate or entire family. It may be considered old school, but there’s nothing like flipping through an actual scrapbook — it’s a perfect hands-on book to keep near your coffee table for guests or little ones to flip through.
Look up at the stars: Staring up the stars is a unique way to spend the evening, and this Sweetest Day falls during a meteor shower. The Orionids will be active from Oct. 4 to Nov. 14, according to the American Meteor Society. Spend the night stargazing with your mate.
Make a sweet treat together: The name of the holiday is Sweetest Day for a reason — the name derived from people literally handing out candy to show they cared. To celebrate the day this year, make your favorite sweet treat with your sweetie. Try a classic like apple pie or attempt a more difficult dessert neither of you have made, like mousse or soufflé. It’s always an adventure to try something new together, and after you’ve made dessert, you get the reward of digging in.
No matter how you choose to spend the third Saturday in October — from a sentimental meal to volunteering to scrapbooking with the family — spend it the way it was intended: sweetly.