February 13, 2012
It is the eve of Valentine’s Day and the cynics amongst are complaining that the day is a commercial rip off; a made up day to make us spend our hard earned cash on flowers, chocolates, jewellery and lingerie. It is only that if you allow it to be. Valentine’s Day, to me, is just another opportunity to tell my partner how much I love and appreciate him. I do not have to spend a vast sum of money to do that. This year I have taken the time to make a card and I will cook something special for him. We do not need a special day to tell each other “I love you” but there is no harm in the bit of fun and romance that is February 14. The following information has been taken from Wikipedia:
Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI.
The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”).
Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
Hardly a modern, commercial money making made up day. It has, in some ways, gotten out of hand; but so has Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We do not have to buy in to it. We can pare it back to the basics; a card, dinner, time spent in each other’s company. None of these things need cost a lot, but they can mean a lot. We don’t have to wait for special days on the calendar to do any of these things for, and with, our partners, but we can enjoy the day when it does roll around.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Wishing you Love every day.
Quote of the Day: I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. ~Author Unknown