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Brief History and Food Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Today is St. Valentine’s Day.  The day is named after Valentine, a holy priest said to have been executed on February 14, 240 A.D., for performing marriages secretly when it was illegal.

Customs associated with Valentine’s Day originated in the popular belief held by people in Great Britain and France during the 14th and 15th centuries that birds begin to mate on February 14, halfway through February.  Lovers found St. Valentine’s Day an appropriate time to send love letters and gifts to their beloved. The Romantic image of a day of celebration was further established by English and French poets and writers who drew a parallel between the mating of birds and St Valentine’s Day.  Shortened to become Valentine’s Day cards.

Valentine’s Day Ideas for All Ages

While Valentine’s Day is celebrated in different ways worldwide, most involve a show of hearts, flowers and chocolate! Lord D and I treat every day as if it is Valentine’s Day, so it is just another day in paradise.

Run out of time?  Creating a special romantic meal can be as simple as using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, and making everything heart-shaped.

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