Why All The Hoopla About "VALENTINE'S DAY!"

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Why All the Hoopla About Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is legendarily known for being the most romantic day of the year! It is a time that couples desire to wonderfully express and celebrate their love for one another! This day of love is now further extended and expressed between friends, families, classmates, teachers, co workers and many more...

It is a great and marvelous day to annually commemorate your union of “the two becoming one!” Marriage was designed to be a loving, committed, pleasurable, fulfilling experience!

Valentine’s Day is said to have originated from amongst the ancient chronicles of ancient Roman history within the early Christian Church. Not all agree; some believe its origin is that of a pagan nature … However this narrative goes as such;


Once upon a time, years ago somewhere in and about the 3rd century AD., many couples who were in love were forbidden to marry. It is said that Emperor Claudius II who was an austere, ambitious and controlling ruler requiring vast armies of men denied them the privilege to marry. He trained his soldiers well yet brutally! He was a hard taskmaster! The soldiers had to be on the road for long extended periods of times and he did not want them engaging in sexual intercourse. This left the lonesome lot of soldiers homesick and half hearted… Still, the Emperor felt it drained the soldiers strength and interfered with his goal for them to be victorious on the battle field! So he subsequently banned marriages altogether!

But one bold, compassionate, defiant priest in Rome named Father Valentine did not agree. He thought that the Emperor Claudius II was unjust in this belief! He heroically came to the aid of many couples and secretly married the young lovers anyway. Well, when the furious Emperor got wind of what was happening he was livid and he had him beaten with clubs and arrested. It is alleged that the Emperor himself began to like Father Valentine… He even tried to convert the Emperor! In turn the Emperor wanted and attempted unsuccessfully to make Father Valentine renounce his Faith! Father Valentine remained incarcerated and sentenced to death!

It is believed that the secretly wedded blissful couples that Father Valentine had married were so thankful and filled with gratitude that they clandestinely visited the imprisoned priest. No doubt that they had pledged their love for one another but for Father Valentine as well! With thankful hearts filled with gratefulness and appreciation they surreptitiously brought him flowers and notes of gratitude which they secretly passed to him through the bars of his cell.

Father Valentine himself being loving, kindhearted, caring and compassionate supposedly fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. Some say she was blind and he healed her… On the day of the condemned Father Valentine’s execution of February 14th around 269, he wrote her a note confessing his love for her and signed it “from your Valentine.” He however was martyred and beheaded! From here amongst the varied accounts originates our tradition of “Valentine’s Day”!


Today in this modern 21st century “Valentine’s Day” is one of the most celebrated days on the calendar! It has been festively celebrated by billions of people ever since the days of Father Valentine!


Here in our beautiful country of America alone over 180,000,000 people celebrate by purchasing and showering roses upon their loved ones. Red is the most often selected color! It is a most prosperous day for retailers! Over 36,000,000 heart shaped boxes of candy and chocolates as well as thousands of diamonds, dinners, cards and other gifts ranging from extravagant to simple in lavish expenditures collectively totaling billions of dollars are purchased!

Hershey the infamous chocolate maker employs 13,000 employees. Located in Hershey, Pennsylvania they make over $5,000,000,000 in revenue per year. They use over 600, 000,000 million pounds of chocolate per year as well as using over 200,000,000 million pounds of nuts and 700,000,000 million pounds of milk and an exorbitant ridiculously extravagant amount of sugar! Hershey Inc. vast quantities of chocolate is made from cocoa plants from all around the world!

Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate LOVE! When couples are in love it is both emotional and physical! The brain produces a neurotransmitter called dopamine. It is a natural stimulant that carries messages from nerve cells to other nerve cell muscles. It is sent to many brain regions creating intense feelings often associated with romantic love. There are also physiological responses that occur by another closely related neurotransmitter called norepinephrine that often creates and intense craving… This explains why kissing for some can be intense because the hormone testosterone is passed between the two when kissing. Hopefully this explains why some can tend to be a bit irrational initially when in love. Love is wonderful when properly and lovingly expressed!

There are many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a couple! Here are a few suggestions!:

It is always good to Kiss your spouse whenever you part

Start the day off with a nice hug and bubble bath

Slip a romantic expression of love note in his pocket or her purse

Compose or read poetry to one another, for starters try, The "Song of Solomon" it is a fabulous book of inspiration and love

Plan a nice Candlelight dinner and or a Romantic picnic lunch

Treats of: Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes, Chocolates, and assorted candies

Flowers & Cards

Fruit Baskets

Take in a matinee or evening movie

Select in advance a great movie you are excited about sharing at home

Plan a spa couple visit for the mud baths, mineral springs and for massages

Play nice enjoyable music to relax

Before retiring take a nice temperate, peaceful, tranquil candle light bubble bath

Nice scented comfy and pillow puffy rose petaled bed…

A suggested gift to one another that continues the celebration throughout the year! Remember be creative! Simply write colorful to do “IOU’S “on note cards… Fold and place them in a nicely decorated jar or basket! Here are a few suggestions; This is your day to do as you wish, Impromptu no questions asked date, Car Wash, No arguing today, Dancing, Golf Pass, Couple shopping fling, Back rub & neck massage, Foot massage, Night on the town, Walk in the park, Let's exercise together, Event of choice or Evening of Elegance…

When you SAY that you LOVE someone here are some things to KEEP in mind! Here the TRUE meaning of LOVE is defined.

Love is best described herein I Corinthians 13: “LOVE is patient, Love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. LOVE does not delight in evil, but REJOICES in TRUTH. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. LOVE NEVER FAILS…”

God Bless You! ENJOY & CELEBRATE the one you Love!

“Love is patient, Love is kind, Love is felt most when it is GENUINE!”

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I never knew the fantastic history of Valentines Day. How fascinating! Thank you so much for the education. I loved your article.


PieterTheProphet 5 years ago

Very nice. Thank you for the smooth and pleasant read. Your posts always make me smile.


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York

I honestly hope that this is the true story of Valentine's day because of all the legalistic Christians and others that would cause every holiday to be stopped even when it is used for God's glory. Sister DeB, you wrote this wonderfully. I imagine that some of this holiday incorporates some pagan componant. This is what I feel about that: I feel that the Scripture that says "what was planned for evil God has turned for good." Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and countless other holidays have been captured as holidays by Christians also. They have taken traditions and assigned Biblical values and explained those values to their children. They have taken the opportunity of everyone else gathered for something basically pagan and won souls for Jesus. People would dig up original history, expose it when it has been dead for decades or centuries and then say we should not make the holiday ours, we should leave it in the hands of Satan alone to do with as he wishes. I say no! If people are gathered for some reason witness and do things to give God the glory. If people do a tradition, take it and use it to give God the glory. Be all things to all people so that by all means, some may be saved. I don't know if Valentine's day has pagan connections, but what if it does? Be a warrior and take the spoils of war! Make it your own and glorify God with your thoughts and actions. Send someone a valentine with a gospel tract in it. REALLY love them! Witness and save a soul, REALLY love them! Show your wife or husband how marriage pictures Christ and the church! Love her like Christ loved the church and died for it. Don't let Satan steal and get the glory, take it for God. Make every holiday a HOLYday. Make EVERYday a holiday.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

What a lovely hub - well, it is about love. So visually enjoyable - it made me smile. I thank you for that! Yay!

Rated up!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

James A Watkins, I agree... It is quite fascinating! "GOD is LOVE!" It is through Christ Jesus we can discover the proper way to Love our spouses and others... Having the LORD in our lives makes all the difference in the world! Thank you for stopping by to share your words of encouragement!

In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Pieter the Prophet, God Bless You! So nice of you to stop by and share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Thanks for the interesting history. Its a beautiful day, I wish it was the 14th of every month. :)


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Thank you for this very interesting Hub DeBorrah! And the pics are wonderful!!! WOW! Happy Valentine's Day my friend!! Voted-up!


coffeesnob 5 years ago

Very awesome and intersting. Rated up and beautiful God bless you

CS


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Such a beautiful writing and education. The photographs are magnificent and gorgeous. A wonderful hub. God Bless You and Happy Valentines Day Dear Heart to You and your precious hearts and loved ones.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

What a beautiful hub it is. Very informative. I have never known before the history of Valentines Day. Thank you for sharing this great wealth of information. Happy Valentines DeBorrah K. Ogans. May you have a colorful and memorable Hearts day with your loved ones. Remain blessed always. Best regards.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Nobody, Valentine‘s Day is a wonderful day to celebrate Love! Love is a gift from God! I so agree about the holidays... It is why and how we CELEBRATE, God KNOWS where we are coming from! “GOD IS LOVE!” Each and every day I start it with “This is the DAY that the LORD has MADE let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it…” We must refuse to allow satan or his imps to spoil celebrating LIFE which is God’s gift to us… Our gift to Him is what we do with our lives… Yes as you wonderfully stated “ what was planned for evil GOD has turned to GOOD! “ PRAISE GOD!

As you say: “Make it your own and glorify God with your thoughts and actions. Send someone a valentine with a gospel tract in it. REALLY love them! Witness and save a soul, REALLY love them! Show your wife or husband how marriage pictures Christ and the church!“ AMEN! & AMEN!! Thank you for stopping by to share your insight and words of wisdom. We know that we live to glorify God in all that we do…. Thank you brother Bob, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

Happy Valentine's Day, DeBorrah! I agree with your wonderful Valentine's thoughts about God and Love. Where Love is, God is There! Great hub with great illustrations, I enjoyed.

I have simple plans for Valentine's Day. I'll attend mass, offer mass for my beloved(The Boy I'd Loved Before), buy a big red rose, lay it on his tombstone, set the table for 2 at dinnertime and enjoy reading his memoirs I wrote here at HP. Great and romantic! Thanks!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

B K Creative, You nake me smile! I am so glad you are excited! Thank you for stopping by to share! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Lady E, It is a Beautiful Day! Hmmm Now that's a thought year round Valentine's Day? Thank your for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

DR PastorCarlotta, THANK YOU! You are quite welcome! Have a BLESSED HAPPY VALETINE'S DAY! ENJOY! Thank you for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Coffesnob, THANK YOU for stopping by! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! GOD BLESS YOU!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Stars, THANK YOU! I pray that you all have a BLESSED VALENTINE'S DAY! Nice of you to stop by and share, In HIS, Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Cristina, YES! The history of Valentine’s Day is quite intriguing! So glad that you enjoyed this! What is most important that we know that God is Love.” Therefore we know that celebrating a day of Love is a good thing... HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY & GOD BLESS YOU! Thank you for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Lita C. Malicdem, Wonderful that you enjoyed this! How very kind & thoughtful of you! Those we love will always and forever be alive in our hearts… I pray that those around you will give you lots of love & hugs… May the Lord Keep you in His care! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to YOU!

Thank you for stopping by to share, Please do come again! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! GOD BLESS YOU!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

What an interesting hub about the origins of Valentine's Day. I also love your suggestions for modern ways to celebrate this day. And you've quoted my favorite biblical verse on the meaning of love.

May God continue to bless you on Valentine's Day and all days.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Happyboomernurse, It is rather interesting as you say! The Word of God is Powerful! God is Love, and when we say that we love it is always best to sift our thoughts through this marvelous passage of Scripture in I Corinthians 13. God truly is wonderful. We can Celebrate Valentine's Day knowing that Love is a gift from GOD!

May the Lord Bless you on Valentine's Day and each and every day as well!

I recieve your gracious blessing in the Name of JESUS! Thank You & again God Bless you! In HIS Service & Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Loved to read the history of Valentines Day and idea's to celebrate this day of love. As for me, I dislike the idea of celebrating it once a year. For me every day is a Valentine's Day and I want to do something special for my mate everyday. Awesome Hub! Rated up...


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Anamika, I think it is an excellent idea to Celebrate Valentine's Day all throughout the year. It is important to keep the relationship exciting and alive! I so agree about doing something special often... Never take one another for granted! Love is forever blooming! Thank you for sharing, Please do come again! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

The history of Valentine's Day is interesting and like others have said...there is no reason to just celebrate loving one another on one particular day of the year. We should love one another as if each and every day was Valentine's Day! Good hub! Rating it up.


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almasi 5 years ago

thanks for a wonderful hub and I agree that reading excerpts from the Song of Solomon to each other is one way that couples can spend valentines day.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Peggy W, The history of Valentine's Day is quite interesting! I think it is great to celebrate a day of "Love!" Life can get quite serious at times so its important to remember what it is really all about! God is Love and He made each and everyday... Thank you for stopping by to share.

In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Almasi, You are so welcome! The Song of Solomon truly is a great treat for Valentine's Day as well as year round!

Thank you for stopping by to share, please do come again. In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

you forgot about the first valentine's day...saturnalia.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

kittythedreamer, I am not familiar with Valentine's Day with saturnalia which is usually associated with boosting Roman morale after a military defeat...

Thank You for stopping by to share, Peace & Blessings!


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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Hi when i was kid i never heard about valentine day as India was poor and foreign companies had no interest in India but last 10 years or so, the valentine day has been made famous by card companies and other things. I find it more of marketing stunt than anything else because if you really love someone then you dont need a special day to show it.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Sweetie, Thank you for sharing a bit of your culture. I think that everyday is a great day to express love... The beauty of Valentine's Day is one can elect to Celebrate as much or little as they choose... Peace & Blessings!


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gjcody 4 years ago

I really appreciated this article. This is a very important day for me as I was born on this day. For those of you that are born on this day ...I suggest you give your mother a dozen roses and say "thank you for this beautiful day that you gave me life!" My best to your success and health Deborrah K. Ogans


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 4 years ago Author

Gjcody, This is a Wonderful day to be born on! Your comments and encouraging words are much appreciated! Please do stop by again! God Bless You! & Thank You! Peace & Blessings!

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