What is Valentine’s Day and should we celebrate it?
Valentine’s Day began as a religious holiday to celebrate a religious figure in the Christian church. It has been co-opted into a commercial success by convincing us we need a special day to celebrate love.
If there is anything worthy of celebrating it is love. There are all kinds of love, romantic love, love of a parent for a child, and love between friends to name just a few. I wouldn’t want to live in a world without love.
Just how successful is today for businesses? Restaurants are so busy that anyone wanting to eat out will wait hours for a table unless they have a reservation; the amount of chocolate, jewelry, cards, and flowers is higher today than almost any other day; and then there are the valentine cards for children to hand out at school, an item only produced for this one day of the year.
What bothers me the most about Valentine’s Day isn’t that a religious holiday has been turned into a day about romantic love but that people have bought into the need to have a day to express love.
This year I was surprised to receive a Valentine’s gift, a single rose, from my grandchildren. When I asked their mother why, since a gift is out of character for us, she smiled and said she saw the rose and thought I’d appreciate a cut flower for once. See my home used to be filled with cut flowers I collected on hikes, Since moving here I haven’t found wildflowers to bring home.
So should we celebrate Valentine’s Day? That’s up to you but if you do I hope you celebrate the love in your life on every day of the year, as I do, not just February 14th.