I did a lot of reading this morning, and I now realize that Valentine's Day is a modern holiday. It has no basis in history other than a couple of "Saint" Valentines were executed on February 14th. It is associated with love notes in the 1400's...but farther back than that, no connection between the executed Valentine's and the romance we associate with Valentine's today.
On the other hand, it sure is celebrated by a lot of people in a lot of countries in many different ways...from friends to sweethearts to marriage. I particularly found the story of Japanese women giving men chocolate on February 14 and men giving chocolate in return a month later to those who gave them chocolate. Pretty cool. But, this tradition (we are so commercial) was developed by a chocolate business. :) ->Information found in the same link above.
The bottom line is, however, we are going to celebrate this holiday regardless of "tradition" or "history" or even "connections with romance and the 3 Valentine martyrs", because it is a holiday of Love, Friendship, Good feelings toward Others, etc. in our world and time today.
And, it is at the time of year we need a upbeat holiday to brighten the bleakness of the near-end of winter and not yet foreseeable beginnings of spring. It is bright with reds and pinks and whites with bows and ribbons and lace. It smells good with the roses and carnations and all flowers and taste delicious with confections and candy and chocolate.
I began something new with my business last Fall. I fell into seasonal products. It was not planned, but it sure did seem as if the path was paved. My new winter products gained the business much attention through treasuries, sales, and others' feedback. A natural step seems to pause at Valentine's Day ♥, before we make our way to spring scents. (Yes, the fragrances are ordered and on their way - soaps to be made next week.)
So, Sweet Creek Herbs has a new section in the shop called Valentines and Roses. It was fun photo shooting for these pictures. But, I hope to do better next time. Please help yourself and stop by this section to see the colors of pink and red and white. :) Thanks!!!