As I was drifting off to sleep last night, I was randomly thinking about Valentine’s day. And I couldn’t help but wonder, what makes the day special? Why do we celebrate it? Why is it a dreaded holiday for some and a fun one for others? These thoughts swirled around in my sleepy brain long enough for me to jot the questions down in a notebook before I succumbed to sleep.
So . . .
- What makes Valentines Day Special
I’ve thought about this a bit and decided that, really, it’s not the gifts or the candy or the special outings that make the day special. It’s the people. After all, if we didn’t have people we loved and who loved us, what would be the point?
- Why do we celebrate it?
This question is a bit more difficult to answer. There were several different martyrs named Valentine, and perhaps the Day came in remembrance of them. However, my favorite story is supposedly a legend. Who doesn’t enjoy a good story, anyway. 🙂 According to the legend, St. Valentine was a Christian persecuted by Roman Emperor Claudius II. As the story goes, Emperor Claudius had forbidden soldiers to marry. He believed this made them poor soldiers…err…distracted them or something of that sort. However, Valentine performed marriages anyway. Once arrested, Valentine attempted to convert the emperor to Christianity, but failed and was thrown in jail. While he was awaiting his execution he was ministered to by a blind girl, the jailer’s daughter. The stories vary, but some claim he fell in love with the Jailer’s daughter and, though they could never be married, he performed a miracle, giving her sight, right before he died.
So, there you have it. I know, I know, it’s just a legend, but pardon me for being a silly romantic, I still think it’s a sweet story. And, it embodies why we celebrate Valentines Day. We celebrate because we love and care for others, despite hart times or difficulties.
- Why is it a dreaded holiday for some and a fun one for others?
I believe the answer to this is because some don’t have Valentines, or at least not the one they want. Also, due in part, to the hype about the holiday and commercialism, people can be disappointed with what they receive on Valentine’s day. This is really sad. Please, the focus is to be on others and what they mean to us. If you’re married, then don’t lay expectations on your spouse. If you’re not married, then celebrate your family, friends, and loved ones. For that matter, even if you are married, you could still do this. Let’s not lose sight of what is really important!
Making the Day Special!
- Craft a card for them (be creative, have fun, and most importantly, write a long, thoughtful, sweet note in it)
- Surprise them (note in their lunchbox, in the mail, on the mirror, wherever they might stumble across it!)
- Call your mom or dad just because you can (bet you it will make them feel special and make them smile!)
- Give little treat packs (cookies, candies,etc.) to your friends and family, or send them an email or card!
- Watch a Romantic movie (don’t torture your man too much though 🙂 : Among some of the top Romantic favorites listed are Casablanca, African Queen, Titanic, and Sleepless in Seattle
Some Helpful Links:
The Dating Divas (fun craft idea for “24 reasons I love you”)
Crafts for Children (get your children involved!)
Valentines Day Quotes(for those who don’t mind being sentimental :))
Lastly, you know your family and friends better than I do. You know what will make them smile or cause them to feel special!
Why not use this weekend as an excuse to do just that!
(Come back here and tell me about it! Special day or not, I’m always looking for more good ideas!)