Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!

Every year we send cards, flowers, and chocolate to loved ones on February 14, also known as Valentine's Day. We do this in honor of the Saint Valentine. So who was Saint Valentine? Unfortunately, no one really knows.

One theory says that he was a priest in the third century who lived in Rome. Emperor Claudius II, who ruled in Rome at that time, decided that single men made better soldiers than married men and passed a law that did not permit young men to marry. According to legend, Saint Valentine didn't agree. He arranged for couples to get married secretly, putting love above war. Emperor Claudius found out and had Valentine killed.

Another legend says that Valentine was first sent to prison, where he fell in love with his jailor's daughter. He sent her a letter and signed it "Your Valentine", immortalizing those two words forever.

No one is really sure who Valentine was, or who the holiday is in honor of. Regardless, February will always be the month of love - a month where special things can happen!

Be sure to let "your Valentine" know how special he/she is to you. Send an electronic valentine to him/her today. Go here and here and here to see some examples. Or, better yet, send a gift of virtual flowers - cheap, easy, and they'll never wilt!

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