I found some interesting things on google this morning. I was wondering the true root of Valentine's day. Well, I knew about St Valentine, but wonder how holidays end up so commercialized. NOT that I don't like that I have a dozen roses and some yummy chocolates waiting for me downstairs, I do. I just wonder how holidays get from something about the people in our lives to what we buy or recieve? Is this truly a way to measure a person's love for us? My hubby doesn't read this, so I can safely tell you that although I am very appreciative of the roses and candy. I would much rather have him give me some time. That would be a true sacrifice, as I know he doesn't have much of it to give. Wouldn't it be cool if he arranged a sitter and asked me out on a date? After 20 years of marriage, guess that is out of the question. Anyway, I already arranged Grandma and will take him out instead, if he decides he has time to go. I will probably get dinner out of it anyway, he will need to eat eventually, right? I am not meaning to rag on my hubby, he is a good man and I am grateful for him...just a romantic thought in honor of St Valentine I suppose...
Here is what I found on google:
"Valentine's Day HistoryThere are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine". Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine.
Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date was marked by sending poems and simple gifts such as flowers. There was often a social gathering or a ball.
In the United States, Miss Esther Howland is given credit for sending the first valentine cards. Commercial valentines were introduced in the 1800's and now the date is very commercialised."