Though some say this is a Hallmark created holiday, in truth it is much older than the greeting card company that has been around for a while. It can be traced back to 270 A.D. though there are legends and myths that make it impossible to date the exact origins of a St. Valentine.
I want to talk about what it means to me.
First it takes me back to my childhood, where we decorated shoe boxes and carefully picked out little cards and gave them to each of our classmates. Mine often looked like this.
I remember choosing each one so carefully, so my current crush would really get the message. My favorite box was the one my mom helped me make out of a boot box. We wrapped it in white shiny paper and then cut out red felt hearts, trimmed in white lace she gathered and sewed on. It was quite a box!!! This was prior to handing out much candy between classmates, maybe a lollipop or two. We had class parties for all these occasions. Now it seems we don’t want to offend anyone. So sad.
I also remember many single years in my 20’s when it seemed the man of the minute would dump me prior to the big gift giving events of Christmas, my birthday and V.D. (the day not the disease). It was a day to stay in, eat some chocolate alone, and stay away from those silly romantic images, in music, movies, books.
Now I have my own traditions and ways of making Valentine’s day fun. We are past the buying cards stage, but still my kids wish friends a happy day and they make treats for others. I always buy them little gifts, and I love finding small things they want, wrapping them up and getting the hugs I love. I always include chocolate!
Kevin buys me jewelry, and I make it easy and low cost for him with the charm bracelet I wear. Somehow he must be hinting something, as I saw no chocolate from him today…hmmmmmm…ha ha.
So this is not just a made up day……………..it’s real, as real as the love of all types that it celebrates.
I’d like to know, how do you celebrate this day?