As a person who loves all holidays and receives morning emails with the “holiday of the day”, it should come as no surprise that I also love Valentine’s Day! I don’t go crazy, no big gift exchanges or expectations, but I do try to make it more festive. Themes are fun, embrace the themes. Also, for all the haters out there, is it really that bad to have a day focused on love? It doesn’t have to be romantic love… love of family, friends, pets, food… it all counts!
For a bit of background, here is what punchbowl sent me today regarding Valentine’s Day:
“For centuries, people have celebrated February as the month of romance. In Ancient Rome, for example, a bachelor would pick the name of a young woman out of a hat during the festival of Lupercalia. He would be paired with his chosen woman for the year and often ended up marrying her.
The tradition of sending romantic greetings on the feast day of St. Valentine emerged during the Middle Ages. St. Valentine was a Roman priest who secretly performed marriages for young lovers forbidden to wed. February 14 was also a celebration of the day “the birds began to pair.” Today, Valentine’s Day is a popular occasion for romantic dinners, gift exchanges, and weekend getaways.”
To get in the spirit of the holiday, I collected 10 love quotes (thanks Pinterest!) to share. There is something for everyone in here, even the cynical!
Now you tell me:
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
How do you express your love to friends, family or a significant other?