Happy Valentine’s Day

Made this last night. I don’t feel that I’m fully back into the swing of things in Photoshop — it took very long time. Almost three years away from it — from the whole graphics thing, really — is quite a long time, though, and I’m getting there. At least it’s fun again.

In Quebec, there’s a village named Saint-Valentin! People can send cards to their post office before Valentine’s Day, and have them stamped from there. ย It’s kind of cute ๐Ÿ™‚

In my native Sweden, we got Valentine’s Day in the mid/late sixties. It has taken on a somewhat different concept … not entirely, but it’s more about friends, and lately, also the heart. The name is different — it’s called All Hearts Day [Alla Hjรคrtans Dag]. The Heart & Lung Foundation also puts out a lot of info about heart health in a cute and funny way that is easy to digest. Sometimes that happens, I guess … that traditions get a little altered when they’re ‘imported’ ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s all good!

15 thoughts on “Happy Valentine’s Day

  1. I like the idea of Valentine’s Day being for friends as well. It makes it more inclusive for those who might not receive any valentine’s otherwise.

    1. Yes, it was nice … the way it turned out. I remember being a kid in school — back then, I’d only HEARD about it, but then we got it. Must have been late 60’s. Same thing with Hallowe’en …all of a sudden we had that too! All the stores were full of pumpkins and many people had never seen a pumpkin before..

  2. I really like how Valentine’s Day evolved in Sweden. I wish that would happen here. Instead of being a day to celebrate love in our lives, of every kind, it becomes a status thing of whose boyfriend, spouse etc gave who the nicest give and then it becomes a sad day for those who don’t have a partner in their life. Makes them feel “less than”. We don’t need a day like that, ever!

  3. Hi,
    A lovely job on the heart, and it sounds like you are having a lot of fun working it all out, which is great.
    I think it’s wonderful that a different country has their own tradition or take in this instance Valentines Day, it makes a nice change, and I like Sweden’s take on it all, very nice.
    Happy Valentines Day. ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Happy Valentine’s to you too, Mags …a day late but.. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I guess this happens when a holiday isn’t really native to the country in question — in this case, it turned out really well!

  4. Nice pretty pink heart! You are doing a great job.

    An informative post about your native Sweden and how valentines and Halloween started and when….I find this very interesting. I also like the part about using it as a day to give information about the heart and lungs.

    Thanks for educating us on the differences as well as similarities.

    1. Thank you, Linda … I’m glad you enjoyed it. I must add that it’s also just as much about the romantic part there too… ๐Ÿ™‚

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