Happy Hallmark; no

Saint Valentine’s Day, often simply Valentine’s Day,[1][2][3] is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentinus. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. It is celebrated in countries around the world, mostly in the West, although it remains a working day in all of them.

The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“).[1][3]

Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

Today is valentines day, and for some it is a day that they would rather ignore. For others it is a day to celebrate with your significant other. Some love it, others loath it. I’ve heard it called a ‘hallmark holiday’ because of the cards bought for wives and girlfriends. Personally I find it more important to show your love to your significant other, by cooking them a meal, watching a movie together, or reading something loving to them. For me, I do not need to spend a lot of money, or shower my wife with gifts. She is most happy when I show her attention, and show that I love her. I think that most women would rather have attention than gifts. Those who are shallow expect gifts instead of ‘time together’. This is where the understanding of ‘quality’ comes into play. People of quality understand that it is not the objects that should be desired, but time and knowledge. And with that, I will leave this post today, since you should get back to spending time with your significant other. And for those who are single; don’t worry, there really is someone out there for everyone. Just keep doing the things you love, and eventually that special person will come along. Live happy and love life. And Happy Valentines Day.

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Paul Townsend

Paul is a freelance writer who grew up in the UK and became an American citizen.

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