Every February 14th, millions of people worldwide celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day.Where did this day of “love” all begin? Many myths and legends exist from several different origins. However, the most common legend is that of the story of a martyred priest, St. Valentine, who was executed on February 14th. St. Valentine performed secret marriage ceremonies in opposition to Claudius II decree that soldiers were not to marry. Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD wanted to honor St. Valentine, and so declared February 14th St. Valentine’s day—a Christian feast day.
Today it is a commercialized “cash cow” that in 2009 was said to have generated an estimated 14.7 Billion in sales in the U.S. That’s a lot of cards, chocolate, and flowers!
For me, Valentine’s Day is a day to reflect on my life, count my blessings, and most of all spend time with my husband of 15 years. Receiving gifts is always nice. Who doesn’t like presents? However, sometimes showing ones love in a more tangible way can be just as special.
In 2003 my husband gave me the ultimate gift of love—one of his kidneys.
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