Is Valentine's Day For You?
The History of Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day became a popular celebration around the 1600's.
The full history we don't know exactly, but we know of a legend that said Valentine was a priest, who served during the third century in Rome under the empire of Claudius II. This Emperor thought that single men made better soldiers than those who were married and with a family, so he outlawed marriage for young men.
Valentine was very upset with this decreed, he defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Claudius discovered his actions, he had him put into prison and late on he had put him to death. Valentine was executed on 14 February 270 AD for refusing to obey his law.
Some stories mention that while he was in prison, he fell in love with the jailor's daughter, who was visiting him during his confinement. It is said that he actually sent the first Valentine greeting himself to her and signed it as "Your Valentine", this is an expression that is still in used today.
Although the truth behind this story is murky, the stories emphasize him as a person of love, character, heroic and most importantly a person of romance.
By the middle ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in France and England. All lovers and families exchanged hand made gifts, cards, notes in celebration of their love for each other.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for trying to protect Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.
Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s
What ever the story may be, we know for sure that today February 14, is a day for giving, a day to show our love and our appreciation to our sweethearts, or our relatives, or for that certain person we appreciate the most.
Every February 14, across the Unites States and many other places around the world, flowers, candy, jewelery, cards, and many others gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of Valentine.
Today, approximately 141 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.
For ideas, keep in mind that in Valentine's Day, Jewelry, Chocolates (see the different assortments, truffles, gift baskets, and much more) and Flowers are traditional gifts for a reason, everybody loves them!
You can check for more ideas here. See most popular perfumes, recipes, spa treatments, cards and romance books.
One egift that it is very popular this year is that of the Kindle Book or The Nook Color. You can download all kinds of books, see movies, check the web. It is amazing! Anyone will love a gift like that.
6 Things To Do Before Valentine's day
So the day doesn't come upon us and catch us off guard, we need to keep in mind several things to make sure that day is a success.
1- Mark it in YOUR calendar with a BIG circle TODAY!
2- Make a list of how many loved ones are going to get a gift or a card.
3- Start looking on the internet, now, for that special gift, and order it TODAY.
4- If you are going to take her to dinner, make that reservation TODAY!
5- If you are going to the movies, buy the movie ticket on the internet, TODAY!
6- Don't start a fight or ruin your relationship this month! It hurts!
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So, Is Valentine's Day For You?
If you are alive, YES! This is a celebration and an expression of love and of life!
Show your loved ones and your friends how much you appreciate them and how much you care.
You can not do this everyday, so February 14 is the day!
Celebrate and love!