Words of Love – The Meaning of Valentines Day

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The Origin of Valentine’s Day

Have you ever wondered how Valentines Day came to be? As always, a bit of research provided the answer.
At the end of the 5th century, the priest who would become St. Valentine, was imprisoned for performing marriage rites for young soldiers who were forbidden to wed by Roman law. According to legend, during his imprisonment he healed the daughter of his jailer and just before his execution he wrote her a farewell letter signed “Your Valentine”.
The legend became popularized and connected to the idea of romantic love in the 18th century through the works of Geoffrey Chaucer. Today, February 14th is the second biggest holiday for sending cards with one billion Valentine’s Day cards sent each year. It appears that most of us embrace the opportunity to celebrate Love, contrary to the belief that it is a holiday invented by Hallmark.

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 The Power of Love

Although some may only associate romantic love with Valentine’s Day, we think it is about the Power of Love and the impact that Love has on our lives in all of its ways of expression. We’ve explored hundreds of wonderful quotes about Love and have married a few to images that reflect its many aspects. Presented to you in our animated video-
we hope you enjoy our Valentine’s card to all – “Words of Love” from Earth and Moon Design.  

 

Words of Love

CLICK TO VIEW OUR VALENTINE’S VIDEO

Love provided us with great inspiration, beauty and fun this year. Our Valentine’s Collection, Colors of Love was a pleasure to create and was recently featured in our blog, Valentine’s Day Gifts.

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. ~Marc Chagall 

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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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    So glad you loved it Joan Harrington. We had so much fun making the video and thinking that was all anyone would want in this blog. Almost as an after thought, decided to put in the history since so many readers seem to like learning the facts.

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  2. I love the quotes you found and interestingly, I am going to use the St. Augustine quote (which I saw on a card yesterday) as well. Love the upbeat feel and some of the quotes with deeper meaning which we may not see as frequently as the more popular ones. Great bit of history to round out the post and it is a perfect read for those who appreciate that “we are love” at the core of who we are as human beings. Happy Valentine’s day to you and hope it is a big success for your jewelry designs too!

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  3. Great story, Roz! I think the story about Hallmark inventing the holiday was started by people who felt unloved. 🙁

    My mother used to give all of us kids Valentine’s goodies every year. When we came down to breakfast, there would be our favorite French toast, along with candy hearts and cards. It made the holiday very special, and showed us that love goes beyond the romantic type.

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  4. Hi Roslyn! I love how eye-opening it is to know that Valentine’s Day does not only stand for romance, which is one of my favorite things, but it is also about courage and the fight for freedom, the rights of those soldiers to marry, be whole. Brings depth to an otherwise fun holiday, great for jewelry too! Thanks.

  5. I love your history lessons! They are so awesome. I am lucky this year and have found my Valentine for life. It is fun to create traditions around holidays with the one you love. And knowing the holiday’s history is fun as well!

  6. Thanks for sharing and doing the research about Valentine day. I love what you said, “we think it is about the Power of Love and the impact that Love has on our lives in all of its ways of expression.” That is such an inclusive way of looking at. Valentine Day can be a hard day for many people and your view is very refreshing.

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  7. St. Valentine, what a romantic! Love his fight for love and how it is evolved. I’m one of those that recognizes how much of a “hallmark holiday” valentines day is, but I love it! What’s not to love about love? Just a romantic evening with my hubby is all I ever need. I think love should be celebrated 🙂

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      Holly Jean, I threw that ‘Hallmark’ line in to get a laugh. Agree- what’s not to love about love. In fact, we devoted almost every FB post this week to love or a way the post can relate to love. Enjoy your time with your honey.

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  8. Interesting I always thought valentine’s Day traces its origins to the priest, Valentine, who was performing Christian marriages when the Roman emperor Claudius II (not to be confused with the more capable Claudius I) ordered his execution. Valentine was arrested, beaten to death with clubs, and then beheaded.
    The date? February 14, on or about the year 270. Valentine’s Day was off to a painful start. But the legend of Valentine started to spread with a story of a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, signed “From Your Valentine.”

    The Feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love, held around mid-February, became entwined with the legend of Valentine. Lupercalia had been celebrated Hunger Game style by placing the names of young women in a box, and then pairing up with men who drew their names. The debauchery was halted by Pope Gelasius in the 5th Century.

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      Thank you so much Dalisse for the additional historical information about Valentine’s Day. I know I only touched on it. It is facinating to see how something got started and the path it took.

  9. The history and the video really bring Valentine’s Day to life as not just another holiday to celebrate, but a day that has a deep connection to love and what that means to us all, not only on Valentine’s Day, but hopefully every day of the year. Love is at the core of who we are and it is nice to be reminded to remember that more than just one day of the year.

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      Thank you Beverley. It is why we created a weeks worth of love quotes and inspirations, devoted our facebook page the full week to aspects of love, culminating with the blog. Thanks for appreciating it.

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  10. Great video! Thank you for the Valentine’s video card. My favorite quote is Oscar Wilde – in a world where we are always hearing the negative it is important to remember to live ourselves.

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      A bit of history along with a holiday is always good information. So glad you enjoyed the video Jackie Harder. It was fun to make and our intention was to bring lightness, love and humor to our viewers.

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