What are your Valentines Day Plans? - page 6
Hi All, I was just wondering what your Valentine's Day plans are? I scheduled a massage for hubby and myself since he enjoyed his Christmas one so much. We are going away for the weekend to... Read More
Feb 4, '03Rusty,
Are you sure that's not your excuse for forgetting last year?:imbar
We don't get into Vday either - we'll probably spend the evening with my in laws.
Feb 4, '03Funny Rusty, because we feel that way about Sweetest Day. Valentine's Day is actually more of a real holiday than a Hallmark one. There is a history behind it:
At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under date of 14 February. One is described as a priest at Rome, another as bishop of Interamna (modern Terni), and these two seem both to have suffered in the second half of the third century and to have been buried on the Flaminian Way, but at different distances from the city. In William of Malmesbury's time what was known to the ancients as the Flaminian Gate of Rome and is now the Porta del Popolo, was called the Gate of St. Valentine. The name seems to have been taken from a small church dedicated to the saint which was in the immediate neighborhood. Of both these St. Valentines some sort of Acta are preserved but they are of relatively late date and of no historical value. Of the third Saint Valentine, who suffered in Africa with a number of companions, nothing further is known.
Saint Valentine's Day
The popular customs associated with Saint Valentine's Day undoubtedly had their origin in a conventional belief generally received in England and France during the Middle Ages, that on 14 February, i.e. half way through the second month of the year, the birds began to pair. Thus in Chaucer's Parliament of Foules we read:
For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne's day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.
For this reason the day was looked upon as specially consecrated to lovers and as a proper occasion for writing love letters and sending lovers' tokens. Both the French and English literatures of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries contain allusions to the practice. Perhaps the earliest to be found is in the 34th and 35th Ballades of the bilingual poet, John Gower, written in French; but Lydgate and Clauvowe supply other examples. Those who chose each other under these circumstances seem to have been called by each other their Valentines. In the Paston Letters, Dame Elizabeth Brews writes thus about a match she hopes to make for her daughter (we modernize the ), addressing the favoured suitor:
And, cousin mine, upon Monday is Saint Valentine's Day and every bird chooses himself a mate, and if it like you to come on Thursday night, and make provision that you may abide till then, I trust to God that ye shall speak to my husband and I shall pray that we may bring the matter to a conclusion.
Shortly after the young lady herself wrote a letter to the same man addressing it "Unto my rightwell beloved Valentine, John Paston Esquire".
The custom of choosing and sending valentines has of late years fallen into comparative desuetude.Last edit by Susy K on Feb 4, '03
Feb 5, '03Originally posted by hapeewendy
happy early valentines day haha
I'm writing out my list of single ppl to send stripograms to!
...I figure the best way to send my 4th year in a row of singledom on Vday is to work....yeeha!!!
Feb 5, '03I feel for all you singles out there. My hubby and I don't get excited about any holiday or even bdays...now our anniversary is different..but that was in Dec.
All we are gonna do on V-day is what we have started doing every Friday nite...go for a walk in a mall (or outside if it's warm) and eat out cheap and come home and watch TV.
After >20yrs..it's the best we can manage...LOL
Feb 5, '03Originally posted by Susy K
Funny Rusty, because we feel that way about Sweetest Day. Valentine's Day is actually more of a real holiday than a Hallmark one.
Feb 5, '03I'd never heard of Sweetest Day until a couple of years ago, just not big around here...apparently it's a retail holiday
Feb 5, '03Hello all, Hubby and I are going to the Mayan Riviera starting on Valentine's day for 1 week. I am taking a few personal days, saying goodbye to my school nurse job, and goodby to this FREEZING, grey Ohio weather. Hello Mexico-quiero hablar espanol!
Feb 12, '03Hey, have any of you heard of the new holiday in March? Apparently, me all over the U.S. have been complaining for too long about having to go ot of their way for their girlfriends/wives, and have concocted 'STEAK AND B.J. DAY'. They're talking about it on the radio here. And no, I'm not going to elaborate! Like someone funny once said,
'If you don't know what it means, you can't come.'
Or in this case, participate.
Feb 12, '03Going out to dinner Friday night and then going to Niagara Falls for the weekend. IF, I'm not snowed in! It's a blizzard here in Northwestern PA!!!! After 7:30am, I have 5 days OFF!!! YAY! I aint comin in unless they pay me 500 bucks an hour!
Feb 12, '03Just dinner at home, a family night. Renting movies, playing games, and hopefully a little nookie (but that part isn't for the whole family!)