|February view from my window|
All that said, in my opinion, February has some real assets. It might be my favorite month. First is St. Brigid's day, February first. Even if I didn't have a daughter named Brigid, I would welcome the feast day of a patroness of Ireland and celtic goddess. St. Brigid's day is associated with pagan festivals concerning the return of spring.
On February 3rd is St. Blaise's day. Growing up, this was one of my favorite days because of the blessing of the throats. Our whole school would troop into the church for mass and at one point would march up to the aisle to the priest, who blessed each of our throats with a pair of crossed candles. Ash Wednesday follows soon after St. Blaise's day, and while it signals the beginning of Lent, it is still diverting. I used to enjoy the Ash Wednesday service almost as much as the blessing of the throats. And Lent isn't so bad. It offers an opportunity to try to be a better person.
Finally, the number one reason that February ranks high in my book is because it is when the days become appreciably lighter. I don't mind the cold and snow and other winter inconveniences, but I hate the darkness, particularly the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when it's already dusk when I leave work for the day.
I'm deficient in vitamin D (officially confirmed by labs) and even though I take a supplement, the lack of sun in winter makes me feel crazed and depressed and my psoriasis flares up worse than ever. So February, as noted by the Celts, signals the return of the sun. February is a month for reveling in the winter sunlight, making plans and thinking happy thoughts while still enjoying cozy winter things like knitting and hot drinks and hibernating. And today, there is a fresh fall of snow, to remind us that it is still winter, which in my opinion is another point in February's favor.
I hope you are enjoying your February.