Saint Valentine's Day
Wow! There is a lot of information out there about the history of Valentine’s Day (also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine). As the name infers, it originated as a celebratory feast honoring an early saint, named Valentinus, (wikipedia.com). But I was curious about when it became associated with the concept of love.
According to my research, there were signs of people celebrating Valentine’s Day with their lovers as early as the 14th century, but it seems that it wasn’t until the 18th century in which gifts of flowers, candy and cards were shared between sweethearts on February 14th.
Victorian Valentine's Day Cards (vintageholidaycrafts.com)
I know many people who feel it’s just a “commercialized” holiday, or maybe that it’s only for grade school children to pass out cards with the latest cartoon character on them. But I think there is still room in this world to celebrate all kinds of love, and what better day to do it, than Saint Valentine’s Day?
Sure, share your love most definitely with your spouse or partner; but what a perfect time to remember a child, a grandparent, a friend or neighbor? If you have the means, and diamonds and a dozen roses are how you show your affection, then have at it. But please, always remember, there are so many little ways to say you care.
Blooming Love Bouquet (flowers.com)
If you’re crafty, a homemade card is always special. If you bake, cookies or fudge might be the way to your intended’s heart. And remember, most folks truly appreciate the gift of time. Pick out a special movie to watch with your kids and have a family pizza night, or get your parents or grandparents out of the house with a trip to a museum or a show, or even a lunch or dinner date.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts (OneLittleProject.com)
It doesn’t always feel like “love is in the air,” but it can be if we put it there!
Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy EVERY Day!