I love romance. I love when two people find each other and something special happens. That’s probably why I write the books I write. Romance is an integral part of my plots. And this week, we celebrate the most romantic day of all—Valentine’s Day.
But what exactly is Valentine’s Day? Is it just a day when you appreciate your honey? A day for giving flowers, chocolates or jewelry? Or is it more? Did you know the origins of Valentine’s Day has its roots in Roman times?
It’s widely believed that Saint Valentine was a Roman priest who performed weddings for soldiers forbidden to marry, because of the Roman emperor felt married soldiers did not make good warriors. He wore a ring with a Cupid on it—a symbol of love—which helped soldiers recognize him. When the emperor found out, he sentence Valentine to death. While in jail awaiting his execution, he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. When he was taken to be killed on Feb. 14th, he sent her a love letter signed “from your Valentine.” This story set the groundwork for establishing the day as a holiday for romantic love.
So, our day to celebrate romantic love is actually based on a sad story. The story may be true, but if not and I had written that tale it would not have ended sadly. I’m a happy ending kind of girl? That said, Valentine’s Day has evolved past its roots into a holiday for declaring your feelings for someone.
How will you spend Valentine’s Day? Are you the happy ending kind of girl, too?
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