*Holiday Stories

St. Valentine’s Day

Did you know that St. Valentine actually has NOTHING to do with lovers, chocolate, fancy dinners, or even flowers? It’s true! St. Valentine’s day actually celebrates 2 of 11 popular St. Valentine’s and no romantic elements are present in the original early medieval biographies of either of these martyrs. While some claim the first recorded association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer this may be the result of misinterpretation. Chaucer wrote:

For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.

This poem was written to honor the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia.  A treaty providing for a marriage was signed on May 2, 1381. (When they were married eight months later, he was 13 or 14, and she was 14.) Readers have uncritically assumed that Chaucer was referring to February 14 as Valentine’s Day. But, the fact is, people associated love with St. Valentine’s day because it is about mid-February that birds are “twitter pated” and search out a partner. So, we celebrate love on St. Valentine’s day thanks to the birds! :)

We celebrated the “bird love day” -LOL- by just hanging out around the house. Lowell and I did nice little things for each other throughout the day, but nothing over board and we didn’t spend a dime. We both agree that every day is “Valentine’s Day” and we don’t need an excuse of a day to do special things for the one we love. We went to Mass in the evening as Lowell left for Georgia early this morning for another 2 week class for his job. We came home right afterwards and had a nice little family dinner, turned music on, and danced with the girls. It was so much fun! And, on a totally random note, we recently cut TV out of our lives and only watch movies if we watch anything at all. Our relationship has blossomed SO MUCH! We communicate way better with each other and there is no unnecessary buzz in the air. We are ALL loving being a closer family unit with all the talking and spending time with each other that we are doing. And, our prayer life has noticeably improved as well. Now, I have to say that when we did have TV it was very limited any way, but now that it is gone completely… WOW! I would reccommend for all of you to try, for even a week without the boob tube, and see if you notice the difference in your home and family life.

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