My family celebrates today as well but we celebrate something else. Something much more special. It's all about Love. Eternal Love.
7 years ago on Forgiveness Sunday my family was received into the Eastern Orthodox Church. My husband and children were baptized and the six of us Chrismated. This took place before Liturgy and at Liturgy we had our first communion.
Forgiveness Sunday marks the beginning of Lent. During the special vespers service we transition into Lent. It's a beautiful service.
This year Forgiveness Sunday falls a little later in February. On that day we'll remember that liturgically that is our anniversary.
Today my husband and I will have a little date. We'll eat steak and shrimp and watch an episode or two of Doctor Who. (I'm thinking the Christmas Special with River Song sounds perfect). Yes we'll celebrate Valentine's Day but as we enjoy our steak and shrimp we'll also be thinking of something much deeper and far more important.