Welcome back from mid-winter break, everyone! I hope it treated you well. As you all probably know, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Some people say it’s a pointless holiday, but I think it’s a nice little excuse in the middle of February to tell your friends and loved ones just how much you truly care about them!
I don’t know about all of you, but Valentine’s Day now that I’m 20 is a lot different than when I was younger. Just from movies and seeing what’s happening around campus, getting older means Valentine’s Day is all about getting a date, being romantic, and FINALLY telling your crush how you feel. Not that those things are bad, but I wish I could go back to the Valentine’s Day when you passed out valentines to your whole class (kind of like the ones pictured below), learned about St. Valentine, and got to eat all the red or pink food you wanted at your Valentine’s Day classroom party.
For those of you that don’t know, Valentine’s Day is actually based off of St. Valentine and the martyrdom he endured in Rome around 496 AD. The holiday’s first connection to romantic love was in the Middle Ages when the ideas of love and romance were flourishing. I like learning about this history because it offers something more than just romantic love. It offers the idea that love is more than flowers or chocolate, but about sacrifice and putting yourself above someone else.
No matter how you spend your Valentine’s Day, with a significant other or just hanging out with your friends, I hope you feel like you are loved. Not just because of the holiday, but because you are you, and that is enough for your heavenly Father to love you more than words can describe.
Enjoy the holiday, Readers!
Until next time!