A Strange Saint Valentine's Day Today
Does this seem like a really strange Valentine's day to you? For some reason it being on Saturday seems like it got overshadowed today by Saturday being Saturday. This is not to say that Deb and I do a whole lot to celebrate Valentine's Day on a normal year, but this year I spent most of the day today at a leadership retreat for our church (post coming soon), and then we were able to catch up with each other for the Auburn vs Mississippi State basketball game (also post coming soon).
Holiday days of any kind are not my favorite. They disrupt the flow of everything (which is not actually bad), but more importantly, Deb and I make a conscience effort to do these things all year round, not just on some special day because that is what the calendar says to do. Instead of spending the day together on Valentine's Day, we spend every day we can together, including every attempt to spend each Friday together all day without interruption. That doesn't always happen, but instead of a date night, we have a date day. In that respect, we should act like it is Valentine's Day every day, right.
Valentine's Day [also here] contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.
Deborah has her own way to celebrate each holiday that rolls around, she has a pair of socks that she wears on one day of each year. Today, those are the Snoopy Valentine's Day socks (seen below). I have mine, a few photos to celebrate the day, Valentine's Day chocolate of course. So to Deb's socks and everyone else, happy Valentine's Day.