It’s Valentines Day and love is in the air! My day started off good. I asked my son if he would be my Valentine and he hung his head and said in a sad voice, “Mommy, I don’t know how too.” All I could so was hug him so tight and say, “Awwww sweetie, just give me a hug and love me all day!” I walked him to class and turned in his Valentines Mailbox he made with his dad. The teacher said she was so impressed with his project, even all the kids gathered around asking about it.
Now on to today’s Valentines Day Fashion Choice > My Red Dress. I call this my Oprah Dress. I say that because when I bought it, I just felt I was going to wear this to meet Oprah. Well, it’s been about 2 years since I bought the dress so I will probably wear something else if the opportunity ever comes up again (*stay tuned). I got this dress from Ross, and if you know me – you know I love some Ross! They have cute dresses for great prices! This dress was …. are you ready….. $16! Send me some pictures of you in your Valentines Best (BernettaStyle@gmail.com) and I will post them!
I make it to work and my husband calls me and ask, “Will you be my Valentine? And can I take you to lunch since we can’t go to dinner?” Ummmmmmm Sure, why not! Actually after I work, I have something to do and we don’t have a babysitter anyway. I left my husbands card on his nightstand and he was also calling to thank me for that.
Origins of Valentine’s Day: A Pagan Festival in February*
While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.
Valentine’s Day: A Day of Romance*
Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.
Valentine Day tidbit*: Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.
*Information collected from History.com