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Valentismas – February 10, 2023

Valentismas is celebrated every year on February 10. A portmanteau of Christmas and Valentine’s Day, the day is observed on a day between the two occasions. Valentismas is supposed to be a stress-free day when families and friends get together to celebrate their love. Since it’s only a few weeks after Christmas, the festive spirit is still in the air and everyone is getting ready for the Valentine’s Day celebration. This is the perfect day to look back on the wonderful time of Christmas and participate in the season of love. Soak in the love of Valentismas with those closest to you.

History of Valentismas

Erin Herrmann founded Valentismas in 2019 in memory of her father, Duane Herrmann. Erin recalls how her father’s health deteriorated and they had to keep postponing Christmas celebrations. After his death in January 2019, his family debated whether they should even be celebrating Christmas. They had already bought gifts for each other and were actually looking forward to spending time with each other. This is how the first Valentismas came to be.

It became a Hermann family tradition, and they started to celebrate Valentismas instead of Christmas. They realized that, like them, many families go through losses during the year, which can be especially difficult during the festive season. They decided it was time to share the holiday with the world and help others going through a tough time, just like they had only a few years ago. Erin admits how preparing for Valentismas has brought so much joy, even during the most difficult time in her family’s life.

Being the day of love, it is likely why Valentine’s Day and Valentismas are celebrated so close together. Over the years, the legend of St. Valentine has assumed many shades and tones. However, that has not deterred lovers from celebrating the day. The most popular story is that St. Valentine was secretly conducting weddings for Roman soldiers before they were sent off to war. Another popular but unproven theory is that St. Valentine fell in love with his jailer’s daughter while in prison. Before he was to be executed, he wrote a love letter to her, signing it “Your Valentine.”

Valentismas timeline

270 A.D.
St. Valentine

St. Valentine is executed.

5th Century
Valentine’s Day

The celebrations are recognized by the church.

1910
Hallmark

The oldest and largest greeting card company in the U.S. begins operations.

1969
No Longer a Church Celebration

The Valentine’s Day feast is removed from the Christian liturgical calendar.

Valentismas FAQs

Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day?

It originated as a Christian feast day honoring one or two early Christian martyrs named St. Valentine and, through later folk traditions, has become a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.

What does Valentine mean in the “Bible?”

Valentine reminds us of the gift of God to mankind and the true love of God in our hearts. That we have to also love the way God loves.

What are the three symbols of Valentine's Day?

Roses, hearts, doves, and the colors red and pink are all associated with Valentine’s Day.

Valentismas Activities

  1. Get together with your family

    Celebrate Valentismas with your friends and family. The day is all about getting together with your loved ones and enjoying their company. You can also get gifts and flowers for your loved ones.

  2. Throw a party

    A great way to celebrate Valentismas is by throwing a party for all your friends. Since everyone is in the mood to celebrate the month of love, add to the joy with a love-themed party!

  3. Visit a hospital

    Valentismas was born out of a family coping with grief. You may celebrate Valentismas by visiting a hospital or hospice. Spread the cheer of Valentismas with gifts, chocolates, and flowers.

5 Facts About Valentine’s Day That You Need To Know

  1. Valentine’s Day has pagan roots

    The day has its origin in a pagan fertility observance called Lupercalia.

  2. Cupid has roots in Greek mythology

    Cupid emerged from the Greek god of love, Eros.

  3. Mass-produced Valentine’s memorabilia

    Cards for Valentine's Day began to be sold in markets in the 1840s.

  4. Americans spend a lot on love

    In 2021, Americans spent $21 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts.

  5. The most common Valentine’s Day gift

    In 2020, Americans spent nearly $6 billion on jewelry gifts.

Why We Love Valentismas

  1. A day of love

    Valentismas is a day to celebrate love. You can celebrate the day with your partner, family, and anyone you love. It’s always nice to remind ourselves of the love that we are surrounded by.

  2. A day to say thanks

    Our lives are happy and full of love thanks to all the wonderful people who bring us joy and comfort us in tough times. You can also observe Valentismas by saying thanks to all your loved ones.

  3. Helps us grieve

    Valentismas helps us grieve. Many families observe the day by remembering their loved ones who aren’t around anymore. Valentismas is a reminder that grief is also a form of love, and there’s no shame in sadness.

Valentismas dates

YearDateDay
2023February 10Friday
2024February 10Saturday
2025February 10Monday
2026February 10Tuesday
2027February 10Wednesday

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