Valentines Day

So it’s lovers day today and there are statuses, adverts, films and people to remind me everywhere, even GOOGLE is telling us!… so let’s be honest you know on blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and just everywhere its all about people being in love and  ranting about them being single or how many roses there boyfriend got them so I’m going to follow society and do the exact same…

YES I’M SINGLE

NO I DON’T HAVE A DATE

YES I AM WATCHING ROM-COMS WHILST EATING BEN & JERRYS

YES I AM THINKING TO MYSELF WHATS WRONG WITH ME?!

WHY DON’T I HAVE A BOYFRIEND?!?!?!?!?!

Ughh could womens self-esteem be any less on this stupid day? Ok I know I might sound cynical but us single women don’t mope about it every single day so that is not a reason to let the world crash around you today, and stuff our faces with chocolate… us girls are independent we have a thing called ‘GIRL POWER’, so get out of your dressing gown, clean your face, get dressed call your best friend and go out, meet the world, explore and have fun. It’s valentines day the possibilities are endless besides all this destiny crap is not valid for just today wow for such a hopeless romantic I sound like the coldest person ever but it’s true, if it’s meant to be it’s meant to be!

Maybe not on 14th Feb maybe your valentine will arrive 4th April who knows?! I know that we should just get out there and make this day fun, life is what we make of it, don’t make me put the pep kid link on here.

OK Scroll to the bottom its there if you need to re-watch it!

See I love this day and it’s not because I’ve never received a valentines card before but because it’s my parents anniversary and yes I want to wish them a Happy 22 years together! 🙂

Don’t get me wrong as much as I am a positive person I would love to have a date today, or for that one person that I want to be with to, surprise me and say Happy Valentines better yet, take me out on a date but then I think if it was meant to happen it would have happened they wouldn’t wait till valentines see I see valentines as an excuse as a way for people to make it up to you… 

For not being the best through out the year so they can buy flowers and it has the whole ‘awhhh’ element to it and let’s not forget the biggest scam of all the commercial side, all that money spent on flowers, chocolate and jewelry for then the sales to go down the next day. 

If you are smart surely you should change the normality and go out the day after where places aren’t so busy and everything is at a discount and celebrate who you love and how you love on your terms?

So many people treat today as a race, a race to find a perfect man, so there not alone! Who cares?! Our time will come for our Prince Charming and if it’s not today spend it with family or friends OR go out and meet new people!!

So I know there are certain days that have a special importance as to why they are celebrated…so let’s talk about valentines day and it’s importance…

 

 

The Legend of St. Valentine

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? 

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. 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, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

Origins of Valentine’s Day: A Pagan Festival in February

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. 

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

Valentine’s Day: A Day of Romance

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance. 

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

Typical Valentine’s Day Greetings

In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings. 

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

 

 

I just wanted to mention there is tonnes of stuff on the internet about valentines but this is what I thought said it all…The link for the website is below

http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day

 

 

So if your waiting for that one person to wish you a happy valentines break the rules and get your phone out and text the one person we wish we could celebrate valentines day with!!!

 

I would like to make a list of DVDs for you fellow bloggers to watch if your going to have a night in…

Bridget Jones – She restores my life when it’s falls apart, she makes me realise that i’m not the only mess of a human out there.

The Lucky one

Pitch Perfect

Notting Hill

P.S I Love You

The Notebook

The Vow

Life As We Know It

Valentines Day

Pretty Woman

Dirty Dancing

The Perfect Man

Love & Basketball

PLEASE NOTE: if you are going to watch the notebook and PS I Love you please watch one of the following movies on the list afterwards!

 

Click For We All Need A Pep Talk

 

Apart from that Happy Valentines Much Love Xxxx

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