After the rush of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, most people were ready for a nice relaxing January. January is a month where many people will take the time to reevaluate their life and their goals. New Year’s Resolutions are a great way to check in with yourself on how your life is truly going and refocus your attention if necessary. Maybe one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to improve your marriage or relationship. Now with Valentine’s Day right around the corner you have the perfect opportunity to show your special someone just how committed to your goal you are.
St Valentine Story
Have you ever taken the time to study the history of Valentine’s Day? Valentine’s Day is also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine. The origins of Valentine’s Day can be traced back to the Romans. The holiday originally celebrated the day that several Saint Valentines were killed during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius Gothicus in 269 AD. During that time Christians were frequently persecuted. This information was found by Belgian monks. The monks found manuscripts from around the world that unfolded this story. The story tells of a Roman priest names Valentinus who was arrested and put into the custody of an aristocrat names Asterius. Valentinus was given a chance to talk and preached about Christ leading pagans out of the shadow of darkness and into the light of truth and salvation. The aristocrat made a deal with Valentinus. Asterius said that if Valentinus could cure his daughter’s blindness that he would convert to Christianity. According to the story Valentinus was able to heal his daughter by bringing back her sight. Asterius and his family were all baptized. When the Emperor Gothicus heard about this he ordered them all to be executed. Valentinus was beheaded because of this. Other people say that this is story is completely untrue. They claim that the holiday originated from a Roman celebration called Lupercalia that is held in mid-February. Lupercalia was a festival that celebrated spring. It included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century Pope Gelasius replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. Since then it has blossomed into the holiday of romance that we now know. Formal valentine messages can be found as far back as the 1500s. In the late 1700s commercially printed valentines were used. Here in the United States the first commercial valentines were printed in the mid-1800s.
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Cupid, the Roman God of love, is commonly depicted on valentines. Today Valentine’s Day is the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. Christmas is the holiday where the most cards are sent. Women purchase approximately 85% of all valentines. Valentine’s Day gifts frequently include cards, flowers, and chocolates. This year let’s make Valentine’s Day unique and meaningful with a wood carving. Here at Carve Me a Bear! Chainsaw Carvings we can carve you an animal that is significant to your relationship. We also do custom name signs that can make your significant other swoon. Give us a call today so we can start working on the best Valentine’s Day purchase you will ever make!