Monday, February 13, 2012
Happy Valentines Day!
Yes, it's that time of year again. Love is in the air and so are lovey-dovey images of hearts, flowers, candy, and cupid.
The history of Valentine's Day, and the story of its patron saint is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine's didn't begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.
So, back in the day, a man did a good deed and he was celebrated. Now, nobody recognises St. Valentine, the man that saved love but people just see Valentines day as another gimicy day to spend money. Personally, that is how I kind of see it. Now I know a lot of you will probably think I am bitter, and to those who know me just know I usually think like a bloke, but what is the necessity of spending so much money over one measley day?
Don't get me wrong, I think going for a nice dinner and maybe a bunch of flowers and chocolates is nice, but going for dinner is something you should do often with your partner. And who needs to be with a partner for a box of chocolates?! Put on PS I Love You, give me a box of chocs and I am sorted.
Statistics show that apart from the amount of money being spent, the next big things to happen on Valentine's day are divorce and pets being bought. Hold on, I thought the saying was "a dog is for life, not just Christmas!?" Clearly now we need to change it to Valentines day at puppies are the animals being bought.
I asked a few friends what their take on Valentines day was..
Carrie: I like to cook for my man on valentines day and give him lots of attention.. I like flowers and to be wooed, he has to buy the presents!
Bill: Valentines day is meant to be for men and women. Why all the emphasis on what he does for her?? If you love your partner February 14th is just another day on the calendar.
Allie: We give our mums attention on mothers day and this is the day for love. You have to let the one you love know it! Boys can believe if they give just that, good and dirty sexy time will follow!!
Rachel: I love Valentines day. I love buying presents and dressing up. I am now two years into my relationship and each Valentines I buy new, sexy underwear to wear for my man. At first I thought it would be really romantic but now it isn't so much. I just expect the presents now and I would be gutted if I didn't get one.
So, after reading what my friends had to say, I was a bit shocked and suprised. Mainly by what Rachel had to say. If you are in a relationship, surely throughout the year there are things you want to do to keep your man pleased. So just on V.day you buy new lingerie to model to him? Just because you are going to stand there in your suspenders does not mean you have the right to recieve a new Tiffany bracelet.
Personally, (if I had a man) I would be happy to celebrate this day of love. Dinner, good film, good sex. DONE. What is more loving than that?! (Ok, maybe add a good porno to the mix!)
Here are some poems to keep you all amused/ happy/ in love bla bla
Roses are straight
Violets are twisted,
bend over love
you're about to get fisted
Roses are stupid,
Violets are silly,
Grease up your flaps,
Cos here comes my willy one for the boys to use of course
Roses are red
Violets are blue
tell me you love me
cos I adore you
Roses are red,
daffodils are yellow
Every nice girl,
needs a nice fellow
So, to those of you in a relationship, enjoy the day of love and learn the history of this 'festival.' Back in the day, a simple love letter was all it took to express feelings. Girls, don't expect too much off your man. Guys, if your girl is needing a bit extra on this day, just do it to avoid arguments.
To those of you that are single, I recommend you take a trip to the shops and meet my boyfriends, Ben and Jerry. They have served me well over the years. They will take away and sad feelings you may have about not having a date on Valetines day.
I would love to hear what you all have to say.
Happy St.Valentines Day..