I love Valentine’s Day. I know the spiel about it being a consumer holiday marketed by the card companies, but I can’t help it, I love what it stands for and the sentiment behind it. I also don’t believe it’s just for sweethearts, I think it’s a chance to show someone you care about them, no matter what their relationship is to you.
For me, having a baby has really changed holidays. I’ve always love them, but they’ve taken on a deeper, more special meaning as our family has grown. I think a lot of it also has to do with the state of our world right now, there is so much heartache and, honestly, evil out there. It’s enough to break your heart. To me, a holiday, especially one centered around love, can only be a good thing.
If you’re in the mood for some Valentine’s Day cheer, here are some of my favorite love inspired links from around the inter webs:
- 14 Incredible Real Life Romance Stories – Good Housekeeping put together a compilation of true real life romance stories that even the toughest cynic would smile at.
- 12 Heartwarming Valentine’s Day Books for Kids – A cute round-up of Valentine’s themed books to enjoy with your kiddos.
- Why the Heart is Associated with Love – The Telegraph did an interesting article on the origin of Valentine’s Day as well as why the heart is associated with love.
Also, in honor of the holiday of love, I’ve put together some of my favorite valentine inspired gifts for the home. After all, love starts at home, right?