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Why All The Hoopla About "VALENTINE'S DAY!"
The Infamous Father Valentine
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 “two becoming one!” Marriage was designed by God to be a loving, committed, pleasurable, exciting fulfilling experience!
Valentine’s Day is said to have originated from amongst the ancient chronicles of ancient Roman history. This is a belief held by some of the early Christian Church. However not all agree. Some believe its origin is of a pagan nature. Let us hear and give ear to a short summation of this ancient narrative. It 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 was an austere, ambitious, fierce controlling ruler. He required vast armies of strong men under his command. He strictly denied them the privilege to marry. He trained his soldiers well yet quite brutally. He was indeed 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 sex and relationships drained the soldiers strength and vigor. He believed it 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. He had Father Valentine viciously beaten with clubs and arrested. It is alleged that the Emperor himself grew to like Father Valentine… He then proceeded to diligently attempt to convert Emperor Claudius II. In turn the Emperor wanted and attempted unsuccessfully to make Father Valentine renounce his Faith. Father Valentine remained incarcerated and was eventually sentenced to death!
It is believed that the many 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. They would also secretly pass him the notes 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 at one point he actually 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. He signed it “from your Valentine.” He however was martyred and beheaded. This story is has many varied accounts. It is from here 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 one another.
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.
Give Treats of: Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes, Chocolates, Ice Cream and assorted Candies.
Flowers & Cards
Enjoy 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…
Each couple is different. You might even have some better suggestions. So do what personally works for you.
A suggested gift to one another that continues the celebration throughout the year is great as well. Remember be creative! Love flourishes when genuinely expressed. 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 please, 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, In home Picnic, Let's exercise together, A casual dinner of choice, 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 here in 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! Always remember; “Love is patient, Love is kind, Love is felt most when it is GENUINE!”