Every year on February 14th, the cynicism of the world is in full effect. Many people talk about the commercialism of Valentine’s day. Maybe they feel there is an obligation that goes along with the holiday. Some people are sad because they don’t have a “boyfriend” or “girlfriend”.
For me, I think it’s a wonderful day. Celebrating love is precious. Yes, I believe it is something we should do everyday. However, it’s nice to focus on it even if it’s one day a year. We need the reminder. I also don’t believe that valentines day is just about romantic relationships. You can tell anyone you love them today. I bet it would make them smile.
I found one theory on the origin of Valentine’s day on History.com:
“The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.”
Here is how we celebrated on our house. Doing what we do best: