Valentines Presents / January 11, 2019 / Eve Callahan
Irrespective of the true origin Valentines Day is an occasion to prove your enduring love to your partner and is celebrated across the globe still warming the hearts and souls of many. Valentines Day is the second best-selling card-sending day after Christmas with one billion cards sold per year! Whether you like it or not February 14th is on its way. This holiday revolves around exchanging cards and Valentines presents such as candy lingerie flowers and jewelry. But whats it all about? What do all the meals out the Valentines gifts for him and her the red roses and so on all stand for? Is it just a holiday retail stores have invented to get their hands on our hard-earned cash? Well no not exactly. In fact were celebrating a Christian Holiday Saint Valentines.
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.
Legend One As one of the legends goes in the 3rd century there lived a priest named Valentine. The Roman Emperor Claudius II was ruling at this time and Valentine like many of the public under Claudius rule disliked him with a passion. Claudius wanted all men to join the army. But because men had wives and families of their own these men werent so keen on signing up. Believing a singleton soldier was a better soldier than a married young man Claudius introduced a callous new law which banned marriage ceremonies. In Claudius opinion this would mean more strong young men would join the army with no wives at his disposal. Valentine the priest thought this new law was outrageous so what did he do? He married couples in secret.