Happy Valentines Day!  

TTigerAtty 62M
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2/14/2006 10:16 am

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Happy Valentines Day!


The History of Valentine's Day

Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men -- his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

Courtesy History dot com.


non illigitimae carborundum

rm_saintlianna 45F
15466 posts
2/14/2006 2:08 pm

Sigh, being a saint isnt easy.

TTigerAtty 62M

2/14/2006 2:48 pm

How true! You saints surely earn your money! Happy Valentines Day sweetie!

rm_magnet4u22 49F
18406 posts
2/14/2006 4:07 pm

Nice history lesson...I guess I am no saint!



2/14/2006 4:57 pm

Well then will you be my Valentine? Smooches from just one of your many admirers

just a squirrel trying to get a nut

Whispersoftly5 52F
15176 posts
2/14/2006 6:05 pm

That was a pretty interesting post Tiger! Thank you! Happy Valentine's Day!

Whisper... {=}

TTigerAtty 62M

2/14/2006 6:14 pm

Mag - Perhaps not a saint, but you do have a "magnetic personality" and you are a sweetie!


Whisper - Yep, I found that interesting too! Google is the greatest thing since canned beer!


rm_1hotwahine 62F
21091 posts
2/14/2006 6:38 pm

barbiebunny did a pretty good one on this, too. Hope you're having a good one!!!

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

TTigerAtty 62M

2/14/2006 6:55 pm

It's a RED BEER night for me, 1Hottie!

tillerbabe 55F

2/14/2006 11:04 pm

See. I didn't "know" that! (and all this time, I thought Saint Valentine was hired by Hallmark!) LOL!

TTigerAtty 62M

2/15/2006 10:35 am

I hope all you ladies had a terrific Valentines Day!

I think I actually did start something with the RED BEER thing! Had dinner at local Greek restaurant and then got the RED BEER thing going at their bar. Before it was all over, the owner, his wife and two couples at the bar and I were all drinking RED BEER. For the ladies, we even put a single red rose in their beer glass and it complemented the RED BEER very nicely. The owner is now thinking about featuring RED BEER next Valentines Day!

TTigerAtty 62M

2/15/2006 4:09 pm

DanielGR - Yes, according to History.

rm_Bct2Esi 50M/50F
1375 posts
2/15/2006 6:03 pm


Enjoyed the history lesson I like Tiller, thought that it was something that Hallmark, Brachs candies, etc came up with to get more money. *shaking head* I like your version better

hugs and smiles

TTigerAtty 62M

2/15/2006 6:32 pm

[blog Bct2Esi] - Glad to see you back bloggin' ... "Never, never, never, never give up!" Sir Winston Churchill

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