Happy Valentine’s Day, Dear Readers!
So, what do you think of Valentine’s Day? Do you love it, hate it, or are you on the fence? Do you turn up your nose and sneer that it’s a “Hallmark Holiday”, or do you jump at the chance to come up with new, creative ways to show your love?
Since I work at a museum, I used to have to go on a morning news show once a year and explain the historical significance of Valentine’s Day. It was interesting, if a bit sad. The real Valentine was a Roman priest who became one of the most popular saints in England and France after his death. When Emperor Claudius II forbid marriage, proclaiming that single men make better soldiers, Valentine secretly continued to marry people. When Claudius found out, he was pissed. He ordered Valentine’s execution.
While in prison before his death, Valentine sent his lover a letter signed ‘from your Valentine’, leading to widespread use of the phrase. The first true Valentine card was sent in 1415 by Charles, duke of Orleans, to his wife. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London at the time.
As for me, I admit I used to dread Valentine’s Day. In girl world, it always seemed to be a day when your significant others “proved” how much they loved you, which of course is ridiculous. I hated the pressure, but now that I’m with The Boy, I no longer worry about that stuff. Although he did get this ghost-story writing girl the best present ever: a night in a haunted hotel room!
How are you spending the holiday? How do you feel about it? Do you think it creates unfair pressure or is designed to make singles feel miserable?
In the meantime, here’s Annie’s recipe for Valentine’s chocolate sugar cookies.