Feb 14, 2010

Serenity Sunday

While the history of Valentine's Day is sometimes debated, it most often is said to have links back to a Catholic saint named St. Valentine. The problem is there are actually three St. Valentine's-- one a priest, one a bishop, and little is known about the third. All were martyrs.In 469 A.D., Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14th a day to honor St. Valentine, one of these three men.

One legend says that a Roman emperor banned soldiers from marrying in the third century, but St. Valentine took issue with this. He became an advocate for soldiers and was executed as a result of his outspokenness. Another legend says St. Valentine was executed for his beliefs in Christianity and just before he died, he left a farewell note for a loved one and signed it "From Your Valentine."

A conventional and widely accepted belief about the holiday itself is that Valentine's Day grew out of a Middle Ages tradition of celebrating Feb. 14th as the day "the birds began to pair." History.com notes that February has long been associated with being a month of love, and Feb. 15th was celebrated in ancient times as a fertility festival.

My List:

1.) My kids

2.) Great friends

3.) Chocolate

4.) Silly ringtones

5.) Bare root roses

6.) Insight

7.) Constructive criticism 

8.) Electric pencil sharpeners

9.) Rainbows

10.) Pina Colada scented lip balm


Jacqueline said...

I love your blog=your posts are always very interesting and insightful...I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day filled with hugs, kisses, love and everything on your list!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Happy Heart Day!

Fire Lyte said...

Wonderful blog!!!! You have me learning so much in so few words. V-day is a peculiar holiday, and it's so fun to learn about its history.


Laila and Minchie said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Let me know when you open your Etsy shop. Want to order some tea that helps you sleep.

Laila, Minchie and Angel send hugs and purrs.

Rue said...

So with you on the silly ringtones and the pina colada lip balm!

Hope you had a great V-Day!