Monday, December 26, 2011

Take it To Heart - a Valentine's Day Card

Curious regarding the history of Valentine's Day??  I was so I did a computer search and this is what I came up with.

"The history of Valentine's Day — and its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.
One legend contends 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 — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.
According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor's daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France. " From Valentine's Day -

The card I made for Valentine's Day reflects all the elements surrounding this day - heroism, sympathy and romance.

Stamps: Take It To Heart, P.S. I Love You
Ink: Real Red
Papers: Real Red, Whisper White, Red Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Hearts collection framelits die, 3/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, Adorning accents embossing folder, Perfect Polka dots embossing folder, dimensions

1 comment:

Holly/Rubber Redneck said...

That is very interesting Maria! My grandpa was born Feb. 14th so we always called him valentine. hehe

Love your card very pretty!!

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