Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air, y’all.
A total grinch would read that line, smirk a little, and think ‘ahh, yes, commercialism’.
But we wouldn’t know anything about that, now, would we?
I’ll be honest. I get that Valentine’s Day is often overlooked and underappreciated. Unless you’re the mother of one of my daughter’s preschool classmates, that is.
Those gals are like gold medalists in the goodie bag championship. And then there’s me. I’m over here just glad to fall somewhere near participation trophy territory.
That being said, I love, love, LOVE this holiday. I’ve shared this on the blog before, but this day holds precious memories for me. My dad loved celebrating it and always made a big deal out of it when I was growing up. Every Valentine’s Day, he had red roses for my mom and red-foil-wrapped chocolate roses for us kids. We made a concerted effort to show each other kindness in celebration of the holiday, and frankly, the world could use a whole lot more of that right now.
For those of you that enjoy nearly-useless factoids, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of the life of one St. Valentine, who defied Roman military orders to marry young soldiers and their lovely ladies after their leader decided that single men make better warriors. He was beheaded for his crimes. Romantic, yes? There are actually theories that attribute the celebration to another St. Valentine who ministered to prisoners and fell deeply in love with the jailer’s daughter, sending her love letters signed ‘your Valentine’. Coincidentally, that St. Valentine was also beheaded.
Not exactly the vibe of the pink-and-red festivities we enjoy today, I know.
The holiday subsumed the date of an ancient fertility festival known as Lupercalia. But it’s cool, because Lupercalia actually stole the date from a different ritual known as Februa, from which we get the name of the month of February.
See? Nearly useless facts. But history can be fascinating, especially when we can pull threads of past years into the present and tie them to our futures. Valentine’s Day, I think, serves as a reminder that traditions are important to us.
We have our little family traditions surrounding Valentine’s Day – chocolate roses for the kids, gift baskets, and ‘things I love about you’ sticky notes – but I’m curious to hear… How do you celebrate with your loved ones?