Thursday, February 14, 2013
Happy Valentine's Day!
Happy Valentine's day everybody!!! Today is the day of love when we celebrate the love between husband and wife, brother and sister, parent and child, grandparent and grandchild, friends and cousins, and all of the above! :-)
Do you know where Valentine's day comes from? Or how the exchanging of cards came to be? No? Well I'll be happy to tell you!
Valentine's Day--believe it or not--is actually the feast day of St. Valentine (or Valentinus, which means worthy, strong or powerful). He was a Catholic priest and martyr during the Christian persecutions under Claudius II in the two hundreds. He was convicted of treason because of his faith in 2070 and for marrying Christian couples. When refusing to deny Christ, he was beaten with clubs and when that didn't kill him he was beheaded on February 14.
The exchanging of cards began with a legend involving St. Valentine. While in prison, awaiting his execution, he healed the blind daughter of his jailer. And during that time he developed an fatherly relationship with the little girl. When he left to endure his martyrdom, he left a little farewell note for her signed, "From your Valentine." And that's when the giving of cards began!
Pretty cool hu?
If you want to learn more about St. Valentine, click here.
So Valentine's Day isn't really about being all lovey dovey and giving kisses and chocolate to your crush, but celebrating the love itself. For love isn't just physical and emotional... the true meaning of love is wanting the best for the other person.
PS - Stay tuned in for next week because I'm planning on doing a book review on my favorite teen thriller series!