I have a confession…
Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday. I’m a hopeless romantic.
It is also my sister’s birthday, which makes it extra special in my family (Happy Birthday, Gabby!!)
But Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap for being a cheesy Hallmark holiday.
Not so, my friends, not so.
In an effort to bring some validity to this wonderful day, today we’re going to take a quick walk through history to find out the truth about Valentine’s Day. For those of you who are groaning because you hate history, hang in there. There’s a sweet treat at the end, I promise.
Here’s the bullet point version…
*Valentine was a real guy – a Roman Priest – who lived in Rome during the persecutions at the hand of Claudius
*He was a well-loved guy by many people, including children
*Claudius sent forth an edict that all men must be in his army and none of them could get married
*Polygamy was rampant those days and Valentine supported traditional Christian marriage and encouraged marriage in the church
*Despite the king’s edict, Valentine married couples in secret
*He was caught, imprisoned, and tortured for doing this
*While he was in jail, a blind girl brought him food and he thanked her and prayed for her. A miracle followed – the little girl could see
*Valentine sent her a letter from jail before his execution and signed it, “from your Valentine.” Hence, the first “valentine” sent.
And there it is.
Want the kid-safe version? There’s a great little book called “The Story of Valentine’s Day.” This is only one book in a great line of board books by CandyCane Press. The books are simple enough for a toddler, yet give a great starting point for older kids, as well. These books range from Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Christmas and everything in between to give a very simple connection between our traditions and the historical event/person. I buy mine at Target.
And for those of you who hate history and suffered through this lesson, here’s a sweet recipe from All Day I Dream About Food.
So, show someone special today how much you love them. Give an effort in honor of a guy who gave it all for love.
But, I think it’d make a great Nicholas Sparks’ movie.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Life as a Rinnagade!