This week millions of dollars will be spent on chocolate and it ranks second only to Mother’s Day for flower sales. I love the idea of having a special day set aside to honor those we love, but I wondered how the day came to be in the first place.
St. Valentine’s Day started as a church holiday around 500 years after our Savior’s death. There was more than one St. Valentine and they all suffered the death of martyrs. One of them was said to perform marriages in secret. It wasn’t until much later that the celebration turned into one of romantic love.
During Medieval times, the practice of sending written Valentine messages was established and remains to this day through the boxes for cards which stand in classrooms or the beautifully worded messages given to those we love on that day.
Of course, most women believe that…
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