The history of Valentine’s Day is hard to pinpoint but there seems to be a legend about a Saint Valentine that has survived since the middle ages.
According to legend, Valentine was a priest that served during the third century in Rome. Apparently Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, therefore he outlawed marriage for young men. Can you imagine?
Valentine, a priest, saw the injustice of such a decree and witnessed the trauma of young lovers who had no hope of being untied. When approached by couples in love, Valentine preformed marriages in a secret location. Of course, it was only a matter of time before word got out and he was arrested and sentenced to death by Claudius.
While in jail, he met the jailers daughter, who was blind. She came to visit him regularly and they eventually fell in love. During the course of their relationship, he healed her affliction. Just before his execution, Valentine ask for a pen and he sent a farewell message to her signing it “From Your Valentine”, and the phrase is still used today. It is believed that Saint Valentine was executed on February 14, 270 AD.
Valentine Tradition Celebrated World Wide
Whether the traditional history is accurate or not, Saint Valentine’s expression of love set the course for a day in February in when sweethearts convey their adoration. February 14th it is now celebrated all over the world. Each country has developed their own adaptation of how to observed this romantic holiday.
Americans, in the early 1700s, began exchanging hand-made valentines. In the 1840s, a woman by the name of Esther A. Howland made elaborate creations with lace and ribbons and sold them to friends and neighbors. She is know as the “Mother Of Valentine Cards”. In 1923, Hallmark Cards began mass producing valentines and February 14th has not been the same since.
Today, the Greeting Card Associate estimated that 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year making it the second largest card-sending holiday. (About 2.6 billion Christmas cards are sent every year.) And, it’s no surprise to me that woman send approximately 85% of all valentines.
Along with cards, other practices have been attached to the day. Who does not think of February 14th without considering or at least wishing for a romantic dinner and dancing with a special partner. And of course, don’t forget the chocolates.
A Day For Valentines At Clarion Gardens
We, at Clarion Gardens, observed this romantic holiday by preparing Smoked Prime Rib, (cooked to perfection), Raspberry or Lemon Caper Chicken, and our famous Spring Berry Salad. Our Garlic Parmesan potatoes and sauteed Maple Carrots are to die for. And… we never forget the chocolate. Rick loves to concoct decadent valentine desserts.
Since we don’t care to eat alone, we want to invite you to join us for our annual “A Night For Valentines”. Besides a fantastic dinner, our guests are invited to enjoy dancing with their sweethearts to a live band. At the end of evening, we’ll send you home with few delectables to extend this romantic evening just a little longer.
Put Tuesday, February 14th on your calendar and join us at Clarion Gardens to enjoy the magic of this holiday.
Rebecca Carter – Utah County Wedding and Business catering.