Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day LaMies

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I just wanted to tell you how much fun we both have talking to all of you. I hope we do as much for you with our silly rants as you do for us. Every comment is appreciated. In case you didn't know.....The History of Valentine's Day is...
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.
Special thanks to American Greetings.
WE LOVE YOU ALL!
Malena

7 Comments:

At 5:30 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Did you know American Greetings owns Strawberry Shortcake?

For Valentine's Day I gave my wife a 1 terrabyte RAID network attached storage device. She was thrilled. ^_^

 
At 9:45 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Your rants are seldom silly, so don't worry about it. :)

Hope everybody had a wonderful day!

 
At 9:57 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

Strawberry Shortcake eh?

how romantic danth. I hope your lovely lady appreciates you. I am sure we all do.

I always love the rants.

all the best

 
At 12:02 PM , Blogger Glen said...

I learned about Valentine's day from Ze Frank.
http://www.zefrank.com/valentine/

 
At 7:28 PM , Blogger Malena said...

Dan, I don't know what that is but, I'll bet it's fabulously cool. I call myself a nerd and I don't know what a RAID blah blah blah is? Oh the shame!

 
At 3:09 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I love Ze Frank. ^_^

Malena :: It's a little box with blinking lights that sits in the nursery storing our data. The RAID part means that it has redundant storage; if one harddrive fails we can swap in a new one without losing anything. She takes many, many gigs of photos and was fearful of losing any to mechanical failure.

 
At 3:11 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

And you're still the geekiest goth model singer psychic I know! Your HTML skills are "teh l33t", as they say.

 

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