History of Valentine’s Day

by Kelsey Norwood

in Celebrations, Routines, & Traditions

Apparently the true origin behind Valentine’s Day is not known for sure. One idea suggests that Valentine was a priest in Rome, and when Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than married ones, he declared it illegal for young men to get married. St. Valentine continued performing marriages in secret. When his actions were discovered, he was condemned to death. [account from history.com]

That’s not very romantic!!! But it is noble and he did it to foster love and romanticism, so we all owe this happy day to him.

I’m not a huge Valentine’s Day person, mostly because I wouldn’t consider myself to be the “romantic” type.  I do like my husband to do romantic things (like memorize a love poem and recite it to me), but I’m not into flowers and chocolates. Those things are nice, but my practical nature tells me they are a waste of money.  Practicality does not exclude diamonds, however.

For Valentine’s Day this year we are going to get new pillows for our bed (a great gift Valentine’s Day gift idea!) and go out to dinner, but not until next weekend. That’s all that I know of…I hope there’s at least a little something else!

I would be interested to know some of your Valentine’s Day gift ideas. My husband thinks that Valentine’s Day is totally for husbands to show their love and appreciation for their wives. Do most of you buy your husband a gift? Let me know…

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