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You Are My Valentine
by Mia Cronan

You Are My Valentine: The Stories Behind the Tradition by Mia Cronan
Historically speaking, it is probable that there were two Valentines that lived many years ago, both martyred around 270 A.D. Oftentimes, during that time period, bishops died at the hands of persecutors because they could not easily hide, like other Christians of that time could. Sometimes they died trying to protect other Christians, hoping that those Christians would not be found out. One of the Valentines, a priest, allegedly died this way.

The other Valentine was a priest and physician in Rome during the persecution of Emperor Claudius II c. 269. It is said, by some, that today's tradition of sending Valentine cards to loved ones stems from Valeintine's practice of sending letters of love and encouragement to those Christians who lived in fear of persecutors. He died on February 14th.

Another later legend was born of the notion that it is on the feast day of St. Valentine when birds begin choosing their mates for springtime. If that were the case, those who believed this would see it as an ideal day to remind their sweethearts of their love!

But the historical basis of the custom is the ancient Roman youth festival on the even of Lupercalia, February 14th. In centuries before Christ, the beginning of the year was March 1st, so the youth of the Roman Empire chose their sweethearts for the next year on this day. The youth festival on February 14th stood under the patronage of the goddess Juno Februata.

Of course, when Christianity was accepted in the Empire, the worship of pagan gods ceased, but many of the customs, including the feast of youth, continued. In place of Juno Februata, St. Valentine became the accepted patron of the feast day, as was the case with other Christian saints on their respective feast days. So, St. Valentine became the patron saint of youth and young love.

As parents, we can try starting a new Valentine's Day tradition in our homes. Children love to send Valentine cards to their friends. As they do so, we can explain that when we send a message of love, we should also say prayers of thanks to God for our loved ones and the precious gift of our loving and affectionate friends, asking for St. Valentine's intercession and blessing for those to whom we sent cards. Additionally, we might offer up a prayer of thanks to God for the love that He gives us to share with others!

Mia Cronan is the mother of three daughters, ages 4, 2, and 6 months, living in Pennsylvania. She also co-publishes a Web site for stay-at-home moms, called Main Street Mom. The site offers support, inspirational stories, comedy, money-saving tips, a nationwide playgroup listing, and much more. Visit Main Street Mom at www.mainstreetmom.com Subscribe to the free weekly newsletter by writing to msmw-subscribe@listbot.com. Subscribe to the work-at-home newsletter, by writing to

Mia Cronan may be contacted at http://www.mainstreetmom.com mia@mainstreetmom.com. Click here to view more of their articles.
Mia Cronan is a happily married at-home mother of four children, ages 9, 7, 5, 2 (and one more expected in November, 2004!), living in Ohio. She owns and edits http://MainStreetMom.com, the magazine for modern mothers with traditional values. Ask Mia how to make money at home while raising a family in a safe, healthy environment! Visit http://fpmom.com today.

Valentine's Day — Where Did THAT Come From?
by LeAnn Ralph

Just as soon as the stores put away their Christmas merchandise, out comes the Valentine’s Day items — even though Valentine’s is still more than six weeks away.
I don’t know why, but it always takes me by surprise to see Valentine’s Day merchandise so soon after Christmas.

I’ve always wondered where Valentine’s Day came from, and under those circumstances, a person could be forgiven for thinking it was invented to create more business when Christmas is over.

But no, after a little research, I discovered that Valentine’s is not a holiday that was “invented” by greeting card companies to sell more greeting cards or by candy companies to sell more candy or by florists to sell more roses.

Valentine’s Day actually started more than 1,500 years ago.

According to legend, Valentine was a priest who defied the orders of the Roman emperor Claudius and continued to perform marriages. It seems that Claudius realized no young men wanted to join his army because they didn’t want to leave their wives and sweethearts. When it was discovered that Valentine was still performing marriages in secret, he was sentenced to death. Valentine allegedly cured the jailer’s daughter of blindness, and on the night before his execution, sent a note to her signed “from your Valentine.” He reportedly died on Feb. 14, 269 A.D.

In 496 A.D., February 14 was named by Pope Gelasius to honor St. Valentine.

The first Valentines are credited to Charles, Duke of Orleans, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London during the 1400s where he wrote romantic verses that he sent to his wife.

A woman named Esther Howland is credited with sending the first Valentine in the United States.

The United States Postal Service is credited with advancing the popularity of sending Valentines when the penny postcard was introduced in the mid 1800s. Before that, sending mail was too expensive for the average person, because at the time, the person who RECEIVED the letter paid the postage and not the person who SENT the letter.

Personally, I’m thankful it’s not that way today. Can you imagine paying the postage to receive your Valentines?

In days gone by, Valentines were hand-painted cards decorated with lace and feathers and sequins.

I don’t know about anybody else, but if I were going to hand paint a Valentine and decorate it with lace and feathers and sequins, I wouldn’t go to all that work for just anybody.

Nowadays, however, Valentine’s cards are mass produced in thousands of designs and sizes — large ones and small ones; serious ones and silly ones; inexpensive ones and expensive ones.

The variety of Valentine’s cards is overwhelming and, as far as I’m concerned, rather unnecessary. I mean, how many Valentine’s cards does one person need to buy? Spouse? Parents? Siblings? Second and third cousins? The teacher you had in fifth grade? The lady who cuts your hair? The grocery store clerk who tallied up your last purchase? The man who stopped his car so you could make it through the crosswalk without being run over?

And what about the Valentine’s merchandise? The candy, the posters, the teddy bears sporting a red heart that says ‘Be Mine,’ socks with little red hearts all over them, heart-shaped rings, necklaces and earrings, and the list goes on and on.

I wonder what the real St. Valentine would think of the cards and the candy and the jewelry and whatever else?

Then again, maybe the real St. Valentine would be delighted by this turn of events.

After all, it’s been more than 1,700 years since he died, but every Feb. 14, people are still celebrating Valentine’s Day.

And that puts giving Valentines into a whole new perspective, doesn’t it.

LeAnn Ralph may be contacted at http://ruralroute2.com bigpines@ruralroute2.com. Click here to view more of their articles.
LeAnn R. Ralph is the author of the books: "Christmas in Dairyland (True Stories from a Wisconsin Farm)" (trade paperback; August 2003), "Preserve Your Family History (A Step-by-Step Guide for Writing Oral Histories)" (e-book, April 2004), and "Give Me a Home Where the Dairy Cows Roam" (Oct. 2004). You are invited to sign up for LeAnn's FREE! monthly e-mail newsletter, Rural Route 2 News & Updates. Visit — http://ruralroute2.com

How to Handle Valentine's Day
by Susan Dunn

Love it or hate it, sad you’re single or wish you were … Valentine’s Day is coming, and with it a host of conflicting emotions.
I think of the Valentine’s Day a couple of years ago when I left a card and gift shop where I’d selected some Valentines. I’d been pondering the materialism dictated us by the media that demanded expression of feelings with store-bought cards and boxes of candy, which I went along with. I’d been lamenting the fact I had no sweetie pie at the time. It had crossed my mind some of the really bad Valentine’s gifts I’d gotten in the past. And I was hoping my sister would take her daughter to buy a card for me.

As I left the store, the shop owner called out to me, “Be careful, Susan. There are lots of angry lovers on the road today.”

I burst out laughing and was also reminded to get a hold of myself before I hit the road. It would be a good idea to clear my head, which actually means to calm one’s emotions.

Well, Emotional Intelligence says know and understand your emotions – where they come from and what they mean – and manage them for the best outcome. It also means doing this with others. And it means coordinating your thinking brain with your feelings.

Here are some EQ tips for having, well, whatever Valentine’s Day you plan to have!

How do you intend your Valentine’s Day to be? Intentionality means saying what you mean and meaning what you say, and it also means being responsible and accountable for your motives as well as your actions.

If your intention is to express your love to someone in a meaningful way, this might include thinking about what means love to them. It could be a toaster oven would be greatly appreciated, a poem you’ve written, a kiss on the cheek, an addition to their collection, a power tool, something very gushy or not very gushy, a night of dancing, or not spending any money because you’re both over budget.

At the same time, how to you intend to manage your emotions?

If you take an honest look at the situation, here are some intentions you might have:

Do you plan to be upset over what happens?
If you’re single, do you intend to “let it get to you?”
Do you intend to be disappointed in what your lover gives you, as nothing is good enough?
Do you intend to keep your expectations in line with reality-testing?
Do you intend to express your needs, as no one can read your mind, no matter how much they love you?
Do you intend to spend more than you can afford to and then feel guilty?
Do you intend to compare yourself, or the gift you receive to others’?
Do you intend to agree to choose your boss’ gift for his wife even though this causes negative emotions for you?
Do you intend to let someone else “do” Valentine’s for you, or do you plan to be personally involved in your gift choices?
Do you intend to be a perfectionist and feel that whatever you buy is wrong, and whatever you do isn’t right?
You could intend to love yourself and enjoy your day!

Intentionality is tough stuff and it means business.

On the more pragmatic level, there are things that need doing. If you intend to observe the day by remembering various people,

Write out your budget
Make a list of people you wish to remember
Start writing down ideas for each person
Remember there’s a whole slew of merchants out there willing to make this easy for you – use the Internet and the telephone
Start early to avoid pressure
Plan ahead how you will resist all the last-minutes “specials” coming your way that you know you can’t afford
Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year. That means sitters will be scarce and restaurants booked. Plan ahead.

Planning is the key to experiencing the joy of Valentine’s Day. It’s your day and you can have it your way!

Susan Dunn may be contacted at http://www.susandunn.cc sdunn@susandunn.cc. Click here to view more of their articles.
Susan Dunn, MA, Psychology, Emotional Intelligence Coach, http://www.susandunn.cc. Coaching, Internet courses and ebooks around emotional intelligence for career, relationships, transitions, resilience, personal and professional development. sdunn@susandunn.cc for free ezine.

Valentine Recipes

Fudge Recipes

Five Minute Fudge
2/3 c. Carnation Evaporated milk
2 tbsp. butter
1-2/3 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 c. miniature marshmallows
1-1/2 c. chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. nuts

Combine 2/3 cup Carnation evaporated milk, 2 tablespoons butter, 1-2/3 cups sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in saucepan over medium heat. Boil. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring. Remove from heat. Add 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows, 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 cup nuts. Stir 1 to 2 minutes. Pour into buttered 9 inch square pan.

Hershey's Cocoa Fudge
2/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
3 cups granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Thoroughly combine dry ingredients in a heavy 4-quart saucepan.
Stir in milk; bring to a bubbly boil on medium heat, stirring
constantly. Boil without stirring to 234 degrees F (soft ball stage). The bulb of
the candy thermometer should not rest on bottom of pan.

Remove from heat. Add butter or margarine and vanilla extract. Do
not stir. Cool at room temperature to 110 degrees F.

Beat until fudge thickens and loses some of its gloss. Quickly
spread in a lightly buttered 8- or 9-inch square pan. Cool.

Makes 3 dozen squares.

Marshmallow-Nut Fudge
Increase cocoa to 3/4 cup. Cook fudge as directed in above
recipe. Add 1 cup Marshmallow Crème with butter and vanilla extract. Do not
stir. Cool to 110 degrees F



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