Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

Well I hope everyone is waking up to loving hugs and kisses this morning as they rise and shine. I hope you find a card or flowers awaiting you while you get ready for work or possibly some being delivered to you at work. Valentines Day is a very special day to many and you have those who celebrate Anti-Valentines Day. Today has been classified as a day of love for many many years.

So I decided I wanted to google and read just exactly where Valentines Day came from and who was Saint Valentine. I found this on the history.com website.

"The Legend of St. Valentine
The history of Valentine's Day--and the story of its patron saint--is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl--possibly his jailor's daughter--who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and--most importantly--romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France."
There is always a lot of history that people don't see or the stories change through out the years. Either way still an amazing story. Be sure to click the link above and read the whole story of Valentines Day on the History Channel's website. An amazing read.

Happy Valentines to Everyone!

Much love from Momma Talks,

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