Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!
Though I know that Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly a happy holiday for everyone and that not everyone even believes that it’s a holiday, I still wanted to dedicate a post to the day. I want to start off with talking about the history of Valentine’s Day; though, no one is one hundred percent sure as to how it actually came about, there are still multiple stories and legends as to how it may have come about.
According to the History.com, one legend says that in the third century in Rome, when Emperor Claudius II was in power, he declared that marriage would be outlawed because he felt as if single men made better soldiers than ones that were married. The History.com goes on to say that a saint named Valentine felt that this was an injustice and continued to perform marriages for lovers in secret; however, when Claudius discovered what Valentine was doing, he was put to death. Another legend that the History.com talks about is that Valentine may have been killed because he was trying to help Christens escape harsh Roman prisons. According to another legend discussed in the article, Valentine had been imprisoned and sent the first “valentine” greeting to himself after he had fallen in love with a girl who visited him while he was imprisoned–it’s said that he wrote her a letter and signed it “From your Valentine.”
The History.com goes on to talk about how it’s most people’s understanding that Valentine’s Day was placed in the middle of February in order to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s dead or burial; however, there are also claims that the Christian church may have placed the St. Valentine’s feast day where they did in attempt to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. The article goes on to explain that Lupercalia was a fertility festival which was dedicated to Faunus (the Roman god of agriculture) and Romulus and Remus (the Roman founders).
It wasn’t until the Middle Ages that Valentine’s Day became a day to celebrate love according to the History.com article. In France and England, February 14th was believed to be the start of birds’ matting seasons, which planted the seed for the idea that Valentine’s Day should be about romance. Written Valentines didn’t appear until after 1400 and the oldest known valentine was written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, written when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London after he was captured at the Battle of Agincourt. He sent this valentine to his wife.
There you have it, a bit of history about Valentine’s Day that you may or may not have been aware of. What are your thoughts on the holiday? Is it something you celebrate or is it just another day to you? Is there a specific legend written above, or another you may have heard elsewhere, that you believe marks the origins of Valentine’s Day?
For those who do celebrate Valentine’s Day, what gifts do you plan or have you given your significant other? Nothing?! What do you mean, “nothing”?! Oh dear, we’ll have to fix that! Below you will find some last minute gift ideas to give your sweetie:
- Write a Letter – Or an e-mail, whichever works really. I woke up to the sweetest instant messenger message this morning from my hubby and let me tell you, it made my day. So write your partner something special to remind them how much you love them.
- Candy – More specifically chocolate. Think about it, chocolate releases endorphins and endorphins make people, what? HAPPY! Put a smile on your significant other’s face with some yummy candy.
- Dinner – Treat your date to a nice, romantic dinner. Make sure to try to get reservations or preferred seating so you don’t have to wait in a stuffy waiting room full of people. If you want to skip the wait and don’t particularly feel like dealing with the crowds, make your significant other dinner. It’ll taste even better knowing you put love into your cooking.
- Mixed Tape – Ah, a classic; though, no a-days it’s actually a mixed CD. Make your sweetie a CD with romantic, mushy-gooshy songs you think your partner will enjoy.
- Movie – My personal favorite! Go out and buy or rent your lover’s favorite romantic movie or even a movie they’ve been looking forward to seeing. You could also take your date out to see a movie that they’ve been dying to see. The Vow for a more romantic movie and This Means War for a romantic comedy are two good options.
Hopefully these gift ideas will help those of you who haven’t gone shopping just yet. So, get on out there, what are you waiting for? Have a safe and happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
You can find the article on the legends of Valentine’s Day on the History.com’s Website.
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Posted on February 14, 2012 by Felicia