Rethinking Valentine's Day {Valentine's Series}


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For as long as I can remember, when I thought of Valentine's Day, I only thought of the little chubby Cupid shooting his arrow into the hearts of some unsuspecting couple making them fall madly in love.  It was a cute story.  As a child, the hype before the big February 14th holiday was spent picking out the right cards to give my classmates and perhaps spending some extra money on those boxes of conversation hearts.

Somehow I missed the history of Valentine's Day.  At some point I do remember hearing about a St. Valentine, but I never knew that Valentine was considered, among some, as being a Christian holiday.

Recently I found this video on the History Channel that kind of summed up the history of Valentine's Day.  (At the writing of this post, I'm not sure if you will be able to see the video player, but if you can't, please take a moment to view or read the history of this holiday.  The video is about 2 minutes long, so it won't take forever.  Then, don't forget to come back here and read the rest of the post.  Go on now.)

If you cannot view the video on this blog, click here to view the player: http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day/videos/bet-you-didnt-know-valentines-day

I realize there are many who may feel the sting of the secularized version of Valentine's Day, for different reasons, while there are others who celebrate but think it's overrated.  However, I would like to take this week to celebrate ways to show love, whether it be through decorations, crafting, or time spent amongst family and friends.  Valentine's Day doesn't have to mean romance.  Let's look at it as a time to remember to show love.

I have several friends who have agreed to share some wonderful Valentine ideas with you this week, so stay tuned.

With Love,

2 comments:

  1. Cute video! Loved all the historic info on the holiday. I think I will use it as a day to celebrate the start of birds mating season. I do agree that it can inspire some pretty crafts & decor though. Look forward to seeing what your friends come up with!

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  2. Very interesting. I dislike how the focus of these Holidays have become more about consumerism/making a dollar than about what they really mean. It makes me angry!! LOL. Thanks for spreading the word though!

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