The Pittsfield Pilgrim 

February 2024

Minister's Minute

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According to Capitolone, consumer spending on Valentine’s Day 2023 totaled $25.9 billion dollars. Candy was and most likely still will be the most popular gift item with more than half of adults purchasing candy for someone else and nearly half purchasing candy for themselves. One of my favorite candies growing up was Brach’s Tiny Conversation Hearts. You know the ones I’m talking about. They have short sayings like, love me, call me, hug me, cutie, and others. We can even send emoji hearts these days to express our love in a text or email. Hearts have long been a symbol of love, and we might say that love is the driving force behind everything that we do. Or at least it should be.