Happy Valentine’s Day lovelies!
By the time some of you are reading this, Valentine’s Day is either over, or you are dressed and ready to start the day. Accordingly, today’s post is not about what to wear. Instead, I thought I would share a mini history of the infamous day.
Today, Valentine’s Day is a moneymaker for stores across the globe. According to statisticbrain.com, the average global spend in anticipation of Valentine’s Day is over $13 BILLION dollars! That number is absolutely insane. What I am about to say may be controversial, but oh well here it goes. I completely feel bad for men when it comes to celebrating this holiday. There is just too much pressure to buy the perfect gift or create the perfect setting. Yesterday, I decided to blow some steam after work and engage in a little retail therapy. What I witnessed was hilarious and sad at the same time. The Galleria was filled with men sported anxious faces. One pour soul came up to me and begged me for my advice. I couldn’t help but think, Valentine’s Day has gotten a bit out of hand. But that’s just me…
The origin of Valentine’s Day has both pagan and Christian accounts. One version of the story is that Saint Valentine was a bishop who officiated marriages in secret. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriages for young men. Because Valentine acted against the Emperor’s wishes, he was imprisoned and refused to acknowledge the marriage ban. Angered by the betrayal, Claudius II ordered the execution of the beloved Saint. Some say that Saint Valentine had actually fallen in love with the daughter of his jailor and wrote a letter signing off “from your valentine” shortly before his death. Others believe that Saint Valentine’s death, believed to be on February 14, 270 AD, was due to his refusal to renounce his faith in God.
Whatever the story may be, I must say I am more of a fan of February 15. Why? Valentine’s Day candy goes on sale! 😉