I want you to know that I think Valentine's Day is all rubbish.
But I have nothing against Roses and Chocolates.
Nothing at all.
Lena understand that, but she doesn't shower me with gifts, just kisses.
|Lena giving me a Welcome Back kiss after I had been away in hospital.|
My reason for discounting the validity of Valentines Day are summed up in the following extracts from Wikipedia:
- "Though the memorial of Saint Valentine is ancient,..... apart from his name, nothing is known of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on February 14."
- Source: The 1969 revision of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints "Calendarium Romanum ex Decreto Sacrosancti" Œcumenici Concilii Vaticani II Instauratum Auctoritate Pauli PP. VI Promulgatum (Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, MCMLXIX), p. 117 - via Wikipedia.
- Since Legenda Aurea still provided no connections whatsoever with sentimental love, appropriate lore has been embroidered in modern times to portray Valentine as a priest who refused an unattested law attributed to Roman Emperor Claudius II, allegedly ordering that young men remain single. The Emperor supposedly did this to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. The priest Valentine, however, secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown in jail.
- There is an additional modern embellishment to The Golden Legend, provided by American Greetings to History.com, and widely repeated despite having no historical basis whatsoever.