Valentine’s Day

Will you celebrate Valentine’s Day with flowers, chocolates, and cards? 

Do you have any special jewelry that you like to wear for Valentine’s Day?

February 14th is Valentine’s day and has become known as the holiday of romantic love.  Do you know why?

History

The history of Valentine’s day is rooted in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. Later it was believed that Valentine’s Day was a day to honor the priest – St. Valentine – who secretly married young couples and fell out of favor with the Roman Emperor Claudius II who believed that young men made better soldiers if they were not married.
It was not until the 14th century that this Christian feast day became definitively associated with love. According to UCLA medieval scholar Henry Ansgar Kelly, author of Chaucer and the Cult of Saint Valentine, it was Chaucer who first linked St. Valentine’s Day with romance.

In 1381, Chaucer composed a poem in honor of the engagement between England’s Richard II and Anne of Bohemia. As was the poetic tradition, Chaucer associated the occasion with a feast day. In “The Parliament of Fowls,” the royal engagement, the mating season of birds, and St. Valentine’s Day are linked:

Geoffrey Chaucer (ca. 1343-1400)
from The Parliament of Fowls
A garden saw I, full of blossomy boughs
Upon a river, in a green mead,
There as sweetness evermore enough is,
With flowers white, blue, yellow, and red,
And cold well-streams, nothing dead,
That swimming full of small fishes light,
With fins red and scales silver bright.
On every bough the birds heard I sing,
With voice of angels in their harmony;
Some busied themselves birds forth to bring;
The little coneys to here play did hie.
And further all about I could see
The dread filled roe, the buck, the hart and hind,
Squirrels, and beasts small of gentle kind.
Of instruments of strings in accord
Heard I so play a ravishing sweetness,
That God, that maker is of all and lord,
Had heard never better, as I guess.
Therewith a wind, scarcely it might be less,
Made in the leaves green a noise soft
Accordant to the fowls’ song aloft.
Th’air of that place so a-temperate was
That never was grievance of hot nor cold.
There wax also every wholesome spice and grass;
No man may there wax sick nor old;
Yet was there joy more a thousandfold
Than man can tell; never would it be night,
But always clear day to any man’s sight.

My Valentine’s Day

So what do I have planned for Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Day

I think I will start the day by making these waffles.

 I will adorn myself with these great earrings  (made several years ago)

Valentine's Day

And then wait for the arrival of Logan  (Grandbaby #1)

creating the desert in glass and metal

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