As I was researching for this post, I ran across the fascinating historical background for St. Valentine's Day. It began on February 14, 278 AD when a holy priest of Rome, named Valentine was executed by Emperor Claudius the Cruel. Claudius had heard that men were unwilling to join the army because of marital ties, so he had banned all marriages and engagements throughout the Roman Empire. Valentine, who saw this as an unjust declaration, began performing marriages in secret. He soon was discovered and was sentenced to death by beating of clubs then beheading. During his last days in jail, he reportedly wrote a farewell letter to a friend and signed it "from your Valentine." Valentine was later made a saint. Although, this lovely story sounds so neat and tidy, historians question its validity. February 14 prior to 496 AD was celebrated as the Feast of Lupercalia, where women's names would be placed in a box and men would draw them out as part of a pagan festival of love. Eventually, this day simply morphed into a holiday celebrating love, which we now experience in its commercialized form today.
Here are some of my Valentine's Day inspirations that I wanted to share with you:
|Valentine's Day Card Printables|
|Cherry Vanilla Layer Cake|
|Downton Abbey Inspired Valentines|