Cammo Style Love: Why Should You Celebrate Valentine's Day?

Monday, February 15, 2016

Why Should You Celebrate Valentine's Day?



I'm a succor for a good holiday. Give them to me and I'll celebrate like it's 1999. Fourth of July, Easter, St. Patrick's Day - whatever the occasion, it doesn't matter, you'll find me loving it. It's the not the gifts, or the Easter Baskets. It's not the chocolate or fire works or the singing. It's the tradition of it all. It's the history that lies deep inside each special day. Not only am a I a succor for a good holiday, I'm a succor for a tradition and a story. Valentine's Day is no different, and I think it gets a bad rap. I can't tell you how many people have told me, "Oh it's a manufactured holiday, created by greeting card companies," or "We don't need a designated day to show our love!" Sure, all this is true, sort of; but I love Valentine's Day and I fully believe to in celebrating a day that is really special. And just like with many holidays, greeting companies and department stores have created a commercial nightmare! But do we stop celebrating Christmas and Easter like we do Valentine's? I mean do I really need a special day to acknowledge my faith and my believe in Jesus Christ? Nope!

what is Valentine's Day? Why should I celebrate it?

One of the best illustrations of what Valentine's Day is really about can be found in the children's radio series, Adventures in Odyssey. I know, I know, sounds silly. But in a special series entitled "Wooten's Whirled History" my kids have been exposed to the story of Valentine. I too have enjoyed listening to these stories with my children. In "The Last I Do," we hear the story of Saint Valentine, who in the third century, performed marriages despite an edict brought down upon the people by Claudius. After he was arrested he attempted to convert Claudius, which led to his execution. While it is a sad story, it highlights the belief in love and marriage and that is simply lovely. 


Here we are almost seventeen years and three kids later, looking towards our twelfth year of marriage. Valentine's Day might look a little different, and we may not exchange elaborate gifts every year as we once did, BUT we still both believe it is important to take a moment and make the day a little more special. This year was more low key, hubby bought me some flowers from CostCo, I got him a card a snoopy chocolate heart. Maybe next year we'll get a sitter and dress up and go out! I still remember many of our Valentine's Day dates vividly. They aren't any more important than another day, but they were significant to our relationship none the less. Big or small, you make them what they are, and they are but a small reflection and "Day of Remembrance" to celebrate our love {and for us} our marriage. I don't think anything is wrong with that, and in fact I encourage you all to do it. Don't let the argument that Valentine's Day is simply a Greeting Card holiday. Don't let something like that rob you of what it can really represent for you and those you love. 

 All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you.
~ Song of Solomon 4:7 {NIV}

 
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2 comments:

  1. I'm not a fan of Valentines day, but mainly because of the steep increase in cost for things specifically on the day. We don't go out or exchange fancy gifts or even cards. That said since having a kid I feel the need to do up all the holidays with small homemade crafts he can make or pink heart shaped pancake breakfast. I look at it as a way to remind those around us that we care. Unlike some people though I never look down on anyone who does celebrate. This just isn't a big holiday for us or our family.

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  2. I love it Jenna! I think that truly is the spirit of the holiday and we can both acknowledge it and not give in to the ridiculousness of department stores and flower companies. I love the craft idea. What do you all do?

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