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  Weekly Feature: (February 5, 2006)


Valentine's Day
Cheryl's Weekly Feature


Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love and friendship. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine".

Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine.

Today, billions of valentine cards are sent every year- second in number only to Christmas cards. Who are the lucky recipients of all these cards? Experts say parents are the most popular recipients of seasonal cards, receiving about one out of every five. Teachers, children, wives and sweethearts are also at the top of the list. Around 85 percent of all valentine cards are purchased by women. In addition to cards, there are millions of boxes of chocolates and bouquets of roses purchased (mostly by men) for the February 14 holiday.

My children wrote out their valentine cards on Saturday. Star Wars and Madagascar valentine cards were their choices this year! Next Saturday, we will be making heart shaped sugar cookies for their classmates.

Most of all, Valentine’s Day is a reminder to make time for the important people in our lives. To do this we don’t need $100.00 bouquets of roses, red cards, or dinners in five star restaurants on Valentine’s Day. All we really need is time to enjoy family and friends. On Valentine’s Day spread some friendship!



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