That’s what Red calls February 14th….Doomsday.
My Hubs always has flowers delivered to me at work, which is fun for me. HOWEVER….I think this year I’m going to ask him not to. I think I’d rather go to a really nice dinner. So while February 14th isn’t Doomsday for me, I get why, as a single woman, Red feels that way about it….
I also realized I have no idea where the flowers/candy tradition started. Was it ever anything other than a commerce driven day invented by 1-800 -flowers, Russell Stover and Hallmark? I googled it….
Turns out the history of Valentine’s Day—and its patron saint—is shrouded in mystery. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with the whole flowers/candy thing? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred, for what, is unknown. I’m guessing because he forgot to stop and pick some flowers for his wife and she was pissed enough to sick the entire village on him….just a guess.
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. And then he sent candy to the prison guards to make them feel better about getting fired for letting the prisoners escape??
In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popular around the seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. And Hallmark was born….
Whichever Valentine legend you believe, they all agree on one thing: that St. Valentine was killed in mid February and that is the reason we celebrate the holiday on that particular day. So essentially, we all show our love and affection for our Sweethearts on the day some Dude name Valentine died in what was most likely a very brutal fashion. How very romantic….Doomsday indeed.
I’m on board with my Hubs bestowing me with tokens of affection, I just don’t need it done on February 14th. And here’s why:
I think that pretty well sums it up, don’t you?