Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hallmark Holiday

Valentine's Day is now upon us and I must say that it is my least favorite holiday.  I always call it a Hallmark holiday because they needed something to boost their sales.  In actuality though, it is a true holiday.  The history of Valentine's Day goes a little something like this (according to Wikipedia)...

"Saint Valentine's Day, often simply Valentine's Day, is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. Today, it is celebrated in over 100 countries around the world, mostly of the Western society, although remaining a full workday for all of them.  The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").
Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards."

So maybe the last sentence does prove my theory of it being a Hallmark holiday!

The history of me and my valentine goes a little something like this...

I had been going to the same hairdresser for quite a few years, and for all those years she and I would talk about her setting me up with someone.  She then decided she found the guy she wanted to set me up with, but it was never a good time.  I was always dating someone or he was dating someone.  Then one appointment in 2006 she tells me that she really wanted me to meet this guy and she told me all about him and asked me if she could give him my number.  I reluctantly agreed, thinking he was never going to call anyway.  I set out on an all girls spring break trip headed to Austin, TX, and what do you know?! He called on the way down there!  I'm very surprised I answered the phone, because I almost never answer a number I don't know.  I told him about the trip I was taking and when I would be home and that he was welcome to call me back when I could actually talk.  Well, he called again, when I was back home.  We proceeded to talk on the phone for a bit.  He asked me on a date...I told him it had to be a lunch date and that I would meet him there (I had to have a way out in case it went terribly wrong).  I almost didn't go on the date...I almost stood him up because I was so nervous.  But on April 19, 2006 I showed up at Chili's for my lunch date and ended up having a wonderful time.  I'm pretty sure I talked the entire time due to my nerves being wrecked, but I guess it worked out for me.  He must have thought it went pretty well himself because ever since we have been together!  He became my best friend and now my wonderful husband!! I am very blessed and thankful for that!

Here are a few pictures from past Valentine's Days...

the flowers he bought me and the coconut cake I made him
that almost ended my love for baking!

sushi dinner when we lived in Fort Worth

Jon and the chocolate sack from Windrush Grill!
This year we will both be working so we don't have any plans, which is truly okay with me.  Instead of picking out gifts for one another this year we are going to go one day and each get a massage!  I am definitely looking forward to that!  I hope everyone has a Happy Valentine's Day full of love!!

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