Valentine’s Day has become so commercialized that the majority of people do not even have a clue as to where it even came from. Do you know why we celebrate Valentine’s Day? It’s all about greeting cards, flowers, chocolate and selling jewelry, right? Don’t forget the jewelry stores selling diamonds to eager couples to want to marry. Kids exchange valentine’s at school, families exchange gifts as well as lovers. But what is the true meaning behind it? Where did it come from?
There are several saints with the name Valentinus but the holiday is generally attributed to just one. He became a martyr after being executed by Rome. Just before his execution he healed the daughter of his jailer and wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine”. However the holiday itself came to be celebrated in 14 century when the idea of “courtly love” became popular among the aristocracy. Christians celebrated Valentine’s day in recognition of several martyrs named valentine, not just one.
People would exchange handwritten notes until an enterprising young lady in Massachusetts began mass producing paper lace cards to people to exchange on her father’s printing press. In the mid 20th century people began exchanging gifts as well the modern day Valentine’s day came into being and the commercialization was in full swing. So if you didn’t have any idea before where this holiday came from, now you know.
Green Leaves on St Patrick’s Day from allthingsclipart dot com
Found this cute St. Patrick’s Day Free Clip art from the allthingsclipart dot com website, and thought it was fitting to put it on my blog in honor of St Patrick’s Day. I like the green leaves…… Get it? Hope you have a great St Patrick’s Day and that nobody pinches you!
Well my sisters and I have all decided to get together with a few friends and have a New Years party tomorrow night. We’re having it at my sisters house since she has a kid and she won’t have to take him to a sitters that way. He’s a great kid so I’m sure he’ll be out by 9 pm, which is his regular bedtime. Even if he stays up a little late, that’s okay with us too.
There’s not going to be a bunch of drinking and stuff like that. We are all not much on drinking. I think it’s because each of us are control freaks and drinking makes us give up control. Can’t have that. Plus there’s nothing worse than someone telling you what a good time YOU had at a party and you were too drunk to remember. It’s more fun to stand back and watch everyone else make a complete and total idiot out of themselves. Now that’s fun!!!
Anyway, we’re all splitting the cost for soft drinks, a bottle of champagne (which none of us like the taste of but we have to toast the new year), and all of the snack food so it won’t cost anyone very much. There should be about 12 people there not including my nephew.
This Christmas card made me think of a great joke to pull on my mother. She has always loved trips to Florida, and Florida has this thing about flamingos. So we kids started buying her crappy things with flamingos on them. Like coffee mugs, blanket throws, curtains, lamps, all kinds of junk. It got to be so much that she has a whole bedroom dedicated to her flamingos collection.
It would be a real hoot to find some of the large plastic flamingos and put them in her yard with Santa hats on them. OMG! She would get such a thrill!
When Chuck told me that he wanted a new mqx for Christmas, and gave me the web link to look it up and order it, I don’t know what I was expecting. I had no idea what it was, and after looking it up, I don’t think I understand what it does! I see that it is an “equalizer” but I don’t really know what other equipment it would be associated with. Sometimes I feel really stupid, and this is one of those times! Then I looked at the price tag and swallowed really hard. I don’t know why Chuck thinks that I should spend my entire gift budget on him this year! I think that he and I need to have a little chat later tonight!