History of V-Day
February 14, 2012 • Abbie Isaac, Student Life Editor
Filed under Student Life
Valentine’s Day=chocolate. It also equals candy chalky hearts that say something clever like “Call me”. Sometimes people give cards, but we all know that these are a little bit of a disappointment. Especially the ones that do not have candy taped inside. You might give people cards because you’re in love them, or you’re a nice person who enjoys giving gifts to gain affection. I do that. I wander around on Valentine’s Day with a bag of fairy cards with chocolate stuck to them with a red heart sticker, or an old ice cream bucket full of sugar cookies that my mom made. I don’t do cookies, they don’t turn out well for me, or anybody unfortunate enough to eat them.
Here’s the problem about writing a history on Valentine’s Day (or St. Valentine’s Day), nobody really knows how the day came about. The Catholic Church, who is in charge of all the saints, doesn’t know who St. Valentine is. There are several conflicting stories, mostly all of them were made up by dangerously hopeless romantics and people who make money off Valentines. Everyone generally agrees that he was religious, and tried to convert somebody to Christianity who didn’t appreciate it, and was martyred.
All this makes me sound like I hate Valentine’s Day, which I definitely do not. Ever since I can remember my parents have given me Valentines, including a heart shaped pizza for dinner. I like any day where I receive presents.
But, the entire story behind Valentine’s Day confuses me. I don’t see how his day became synonymous with romantic love.