January 7, 2022
Valentine's Day 2022 Guide
On February 14 of every year, we observe Valentine’s Day, also sometimes called St. Valentine’s Day. Traditionally, it is a day to celebrate love and exchange gifts of candy, flowers, and cards with lovers. However, schoolchildren also often exchange Valentine’s Day cards and candy. While this is a festival of love, the identity of St. Valentine and these traditions remains a bit of a mystery.
The month of February has long been celebrated as a time of fertility. The Romans had a festival in mid-February that included fertility rights and a lottery to pair off men and women. There are at least three saints in the Catholic Church that are named Valentine, and each of them was seen as a romantic hero, so it is difficult to decipher which one the day may be named for.
Suffice it to say that these days, we use this day to celebrate love in its many forms, exchange cards and candy not just with lovers but often with family members or friends as well. Finding your own way to celebrate the concept of love can take some creativity, but can be a pleasant way to mark the middle of winter and brighten the days just a bit with some sweets and flowers.
Valentine’s Day can be anything you wish it to be, but it is an especially nice way to cheer up someone’s winter. If you have a spouse or partner, taking the time to make them feel special can enhance your love relationship. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to show your love—you can do thoughtful gestures on whatever budget you have. You may wish to cook your mate dinner rather than splurge on an expensive restaurant. A handwritten note on a card, a thoughtful piece of jewelry, a tiny but beautiful piece of chocolate, or a song or poem—anything that helps you express your love can be a perfect physical token. For a mate, plan to spend time with them to celebrate, even if you have a busy schedule.
If you are not in a relationship, or if you want to bring some smiles to more people’s faces, you can make special gestures to your co-workers, kids, siblings, parents, or even the person who serves you coffee at your local coffee shop. Spreading a little love in the world is always welcome, and on a day when some people may feel lonely or just tired of the winter weather, a heart-shaped cookie, a cute valentine card, or a candy, given out with good cheer can bring warmth to many hearts in your life. You could have a little St. Valentine’s Day get-together for friends and neighbors—include as many people as possible in your circle of love.
Shopping and planning for Valentine’s Day can be half the fun, so enjoy your time exploring what you want to do. When the day arrives, you will be happy you have a few lovely tricks up your sleeve to make your loved ones feel special!