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So how is your Valentines’ Day going? Is it everything you want? Did you think about the Love Codes (yesterday’s article) and notice people’s styles? Maybe, like many, you’re avoiding the costs and crowds of February 14th and simply celebrating on a day that works for your schedule. After all, isn’t it the love itself, and not the calendar date, that matters? After studying this special date for many years, I can’t find any firm reason for the date itself. Here’s a little I’ve been able to learn:
As with many holidays, the “history” of Valentine’s Day is mainly embellished rumors repeated for centuries. According to the Catholic Church, yes, there were several saints named Valentine. However, their accomplishments were related to affirming Christian faith and not connected to either February 14th or to romantic love. In the time of the Roman Emperor Claudius II, one priest named Valentine may have signed a note to a loved one, “from your Valentine”, or this may have been a later historic embellishment. One St. Valentine was buried on February 14, but until 1969, the Catholic Church had 11 Valentines’ Days. In 1969, the General Roman Calendar removed St. Valentine’s as a feast day, due its uncertain history. Still, the idea of celebrating love became firmly attached to that one day, February 14th.
So how did romance get into it? The giving of mass-produced “valentines”, as love cards or notes, was popular in the 1800’s in Great Britain. In the US, Esther Howland started the first successful valentine business in 1847, in Massachusetts. Today, globally, about a billion greeting cards are sent each Valentines Day.
This year, expected spending for Valentines’ Day is a cool $22 billion! And I learned this week that the Cadbury chocolate company invented those wonderful heart-shaped candy boxes. It was in 1861.
If you’re firmly single, remember to celebrate you! Consider having a pamper day or at least getting a massage. Buy yourself favorite candy or even a gift only you know you will deeply enjoy. Toast to the wonderfulness of you with your favorite beverage. Journal about how you want your life and relationships to be. If you’re seeking a Particular Friend, journal about the kind of conversation, fun, joy, and lifestyle you’re seeking to share with that PF.
If your Valentines’ Day is not what you wanted, remember, history does not determine the future. And Valentines’ Day isn’t the only day for celebrating love. In fact, every day is a good day for love. Try it, share it, and be the love you want to see.
And there is always more love to share. Now, doesn’t it feel great to be even more Healthy, Happy, and Loving Lifesm? It’s up to you!
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress solutions expert, holistic guide, and award-winning author who celebrates life. She has a longtime energy healing practice and is an ordained minister. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, and Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. The books are available on Amazon and through Kebba’s office. To email us, email@example.com .