Valentines Presents / January 11, 2019 / Mara Beasley
The country was under the power of the hard-hearted Roman Emperor Claudius II who at the time forbade marriage ceremonies and constantly betrothed Rome in bloody battles. He had a crazy idea. He thought if a man wasnt married he wouldnt mind joining the army. But to his horror Claudius discovered that men were reluctant to join the army because of their loyalty to their wives and families. So he sanctioned a callous order that banned engagements and marriages in Rome. But in spite of this Saint Valentine continued to perform marriage rituals. Thrown into jail it was said that Valentine fell in love with his jailors daughter and restored her sight through his Christian faith and devotion for her. Before his execution Valentine sent her a final message signed "From your Valentine" - a phrase that gets a lot of mileage and one which has become an everlasting symbol of camaraderie and warmth.
This was where young men drew young womens names from a box to commemorate their rite of passage to the god Lupercus. The chooser and chosen would then be paired for one year. These random pairings often led to marriage. The Church of course didnt like the pagan festival so Pope Galasius the bishop of Rome amended this celebration slightly. He filled the box with the names of dead saints instead of girls and allowed both men and women to draw from the box. He believed this would encourage youngsters to copy the ways of the saint for the remainder of the year. On 14th February 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius declared this day to be Saint Valentines Day an official Catholic Holiday. By the early 1700s the United States started celebrating this day of love by swapping love notes and exchanging Valentines gifts for boyfriends girlfriends wives and husbands.
If youre determined to buy something then make sure you visit a dedicated online store such as DotComGiftShop which will have special sections for every occasion. This will save you a lot of time because you wont have to sift through thousands of things to find what youre looking for. Instead of buying one big thing maybe try picking up a few little gifts and putting together a nice package. This shows youve gone that extra mile and really put the effort in. Theres a lot to be said for Valentines Day but one of the few things that many people think is that its very expensive to find a perfect present for their partner. While its important to find something that says I love you effectively its equally important to find something thats within budget and isnt too expensive as budgets are tight for most people at the moment.