What are you doing on Valentine’s Day?

With Valentine’s Day on Thursday 14th just around the corner, you have an opportunity to show that special person how much you adore him or her.

Have you made plans to get chocolates and flowers or thought about booking a restaurant yet?

You will get plenty of reminders as soon everywhere will be teeming with red hearts, red flowers, red balloons, and red anything for Valentine’s Day.

I wonder how many people know that Valentine’s Day is actually Saint Valentine’s Day. It is dedicated to a man who rebelled against authority in the name of protecting love. Though the story of Saint Valentine is shrouded in mystery and one we will likely never solve, some say 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.

Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages in secret for young lovers. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

One legend has it that he fell in love with the daughter of his jailer and shortly before he was to be executed, sent her a letter, signed “from your Valentine”. And so was born the first “valentine.”

Valentine’s Day first became associated with romance and love during the time of Jeffrey Chaucer in the Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love first flourished.

By the 18th century in England, it had evolved into an occasion when lovers, and hopeful lovers, expressed their affection for each other by presenting flowers, offering gifts and sending amorous cards. That tradition carries on today.

For those in a relationship or hoping for one, statistics inform us that many will mark the occasion by giving flowers, chocolates, a romantic book or jewellery, lingerie, perfume or by preparing a special meal, going out for dinner or just by relaxing at home with a glass of bubbly.

If you are restricted by work obligations try and do something even if you only exchange cards, emails or phone on the day and postpone that walk or romantic get together until the following weekend.

With Valentine’s Day falling on a Thursday this year it is rather difficult to make a weekend of it but your chance will come when it falls on Friday in 2020 and Sunday in 2021.

This can be costly but we should remember that truly showing affection to your partner doesn’t have to be expensive. and that it’s not enough to love someone, it’s important to take the time to tell them in intimate terms how much we care.

Love is about spending time together, showing kindness and respect towards each other and always protecting each other; similar to how Saint Valentine protected the love of young couples in Rome. Valentine’s Day is about showing your loved one how much he or she means to you.

Ideally, that can be done on February 14th, and on every other day of the year, without over-priced obligations.

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of the simple emotional bonds that bind us into loving couples, families and communities that care about each other and as such they don’t have a price tag but take time, effort and a willingness to work together.

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