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by: Morgan Williama

Since its February, it’s time for Valentine’s Day.  A holiday that is largely associated with greeting cards and the exchange of flowers and boxes of chocolate.  A common nickname for this holiday is to describe it as being a Hallmark holiday, which is to be expected since holidays mean big business for the greeting card industry and Valentine’s Day would be no different.  History is around us in many forms and with that, Valentine’s Day would have its own very unique and interesting history, in terms of what the holiday would originally have been about and with that, how it would come to be known as it is at the present time.
An interesting article can be found on this topic at http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day.  For any history buff, or someone with general curiosity, this article provides an interesting glimpse into the world of Valentine’s Day and to give an idea of the foundation that lead to the holiday as we know it today.  Just an example of an interesting fact, according to this site, Valentine’s Day would have the number two rank, behind Christmas, in terms of the amount of cards that are given between people every year.  Another relevant article to this topic can be found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/14/history-of-valentines-day_n_822911.html.
For those that remember, another thing that February is commonly known for is the number of President’s birthdays that occur during the month.  Days within the month to honor those men that would have served their country and done so with various levels of distinction.  If you are of school age, the thing that really comes to mind at this month in the calendar is the fact that these holidays usually mean one thing.  That is, more time off of school.  In keeping with the historical theme and the possibility curiosity that may result in the desire to attempt a little research, http://researchmaniacs.com/Birthdays/Presidents.html is a page to check out, as it shows the birthdays of not only those born in the month of February but does so for every individual that would have held the office.  For the month of February, the men who shared their birthdays this month are; George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.
Bringing things closer to home, there are many events that are taking place in February.  To check out these events and to see what may be of general interest, check out this URL: http://www.townplanner.com/html/forms/searchEvents.php?month=02&year=2014&eventTab=ALL&keyword=&category=&localOnly=1&nationalOnly=1&regionalOnly=1.  Another popular day on the February calendar, made more popular by the cinematic version starring Bill Murray, is Groundhog Day.  A day that has many looking to a little Groundhog that, if you believe tradition, can predict the weather by means of whether or not he sees his shadow.  A lighthearted example of how fun and enjoyment can be obtained through the smallest things.  With the weather that the North Valley has had as of late, it will be very interesting to see what the coming months have to offer.  While the warm weather is nice for enjoying time outside, the benefits of having rain are also key and not to be ignored.  We will just have to wait and see what happens.

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