Valentine’s Day reportedly had its origins in both Christian and Roman cultures. Friday is Valentine’s Day and I could spend three columns on the history of this day of love. I could, but I won’t.

I remember as a child in elementary school passing around Valentine cards while sitting at our desks. It almost became a contest of who with the most Valentines was the most loved. I got my fair share. We also enjoyed those little hard heart candies with sayings on them; I think they are still around. That seemed to be a simpler time.

Fred Snyder is a Gettysburg Times columnist. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the newspaper. Contact Fred at or 717-334-1131, ext. 2850. “Around Town” is published in the Gettysburg Times every Tuesday.

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