As a child I always watched a video around this time of year about St. Valentine, who, according to the video, was imprisoned for marrying soldiers against Emperor Claudius' law (who thought single men made better soldiers). While in prison he healed the prison guard's blind daughter and eventually gave up his life to save his Christian brothers and sisters.
When I did some more research I was disappointed to discover many conflicting reports. It seems that the true story has been lost in a history of pagan traditions involving flowers, candy, and romance. But we enjoyed a brief discussion about the history. We didn't get any books from the library, since they all focused on first grade crushes and the joys of candy, not really anything worth celebrating.
We made hearts though, and Hunter did an excellent job cutting out the shape I traced for him in construction paper. Celebrating the story of a Christian man of great love, rather than the typical cupids and candy, was a fun way to commemorate the day.
"Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman"
Hunter is 2 years, 10 months old