All About Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Whether or not you enjoy celebrating this *fun* holiday, there is something about it that gets the attention of most people.
There is a rich history to Valentine’s Day many don’t know. Sure, most have heard of St. Valentine, but who was he? And why is he memorialized with hearts and candy?
At Sweetbriar Rose we love an excuse to decorate and have a party. So, come with us as we explore the history of Valentine’s Day and some fun ways to celebrate.
History of Valentine’s Day
While most people have heard about Saint Valentine, many don’t know much about this martyred saint. Much of his history is clouded in mystery.
The popular legend accepted by most, and backed by the Catholic Church, is that Valentine was a priest who lived and served the Church in Rome during the third century. Emperor Claudius II decreed that young men could not get married because single soldiers were more effective than married ones.
Society, at the time of Valentine and Claudius, was very permissive and polygamy was acceptable. The Catholic Church, and Valentine, encouraged couples to be married in the Church.
Valentine realized the injustice of this proclamation and continued marrying young men to their brides in secret. Emperor Claudius found out about these secret marriages and ordered Valentine put to death.
The legend goes on to say that one of the men set to judge Valentine was named Asterius. His daughter was blind. Valentine prayed with and healed the daughter of Asterius, causing Asterius to become a Christian.
In 269, Valentine was executed by beating, stoning, and decapitated. History says that his final words were to the daughter of Asterius, signing the letter, “from your Valentine.” This started the common phrase we use today.
Another well-circulated story is that Valentine was executed for helping Christians escape Roman prisons and the harsh treatment they received there. One legend has Valentine himself sending the first “Valentine” to the jailor’s daughter whom he fell in love with. He signed his letter, “From your Valentine.”
There is evidence these stories all are about the same man in the third century. That the Saint Valentine who married young couples in secret also helped tortured Christians escape Roman prisons. Regardless of the version, it is clear that Saint Valentine was willing to risk his life for love, and thought a Christian marriage was vitally important. Valentine was heroic and caring. He is one of the most famous saints in history.
Celebrate With Kids
If you have kids, Valentine’s Day can be a fun and special day. One thing you can do with or without the help of your kids is decorate! Hanging up some hearts, balloons, and streamers can go a long way. Or, let your kids make their own decorations with pink, red, and white construction paper.
Another fun way to celebrate is letting your kids make their own Valentines. Some construction paper, stickers, markers, and doilies are all you need to let your kids creative juices start flowing. If you want to take it a step further, let your kids make their own boxes to receive cards from friends and family.
Why not play a Valentines-themed game? Take a classic favorite, like Bingo or Tic-Tac-Toe and use hearts and candies. If you want something a little more in-depth, a Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt can be an exciting way to celebrate.
Kids love baking and helping in the kitchen. Take this opportunity to be creative with your budding chefs. Cooking can also be educational for kids learning about math and reading, as well as life skills. A classic is heart-shaped cookies that the kids can decorate.
Family traditions are incredibly important for children. They create a sense of belonging and safety. Start a Valentine’s tradition. Maybe you have heart-shaped pancakes, or drink pink milk, or find a unique way to tell each other how much you love them. You can also learn more about Saint Valentine with your kids.
However you celebrate with your kids, ensure they know how much they are loved!
Celebrate With Friends
If you aren’t in a relationship with someone special, you can still enjoy Valentine’s Day! Host a party for friends that live near you. Serve Valentines-themed snacks and enjoy the company of friends. You can even go the “Galentine’s” or the “Anti-Valentine’s” route and celebrate your friendships.
If you want to spend a little more, choose a daring adventure with friends like skydiving or a weekend away. There is no rule that Valentine's Day has to be dinner out. Or you can stay in with friends and watch a movie and eat delicious food. (Sweetbriar Rose can help you out with the food part!)
Celebrate With That Special Someone
There is nothing wrong with choosing to stay in and enjoying a delicious meal with that special someone. A quick google search brings an array of recipes to your fingertips. But, if you want to do something outside the box, there are so many things to consider.
Museums can be a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, as well. Most cities offer at least one museum, and some are truly unique. Visit one you have never been to before. Scavenger hunts aren’t just for kids! Get creative and let your date find their way to a special surprise at the end.
Take a cooking class with your special love. After all, food is the way to a man’s heart, right? Of course, there’s always dancing. Taking a dance class together, or finding a local place that offers a dance floor and music can be an incredible way to spend special time together. There are many other classes you can take together. Whether you choose a painting, sculpture, jewelry-making, metal-working, or an ax-throwing class, you are sure to have a fun outing together.
Come to Sweetbriar Rose!
Of course, what we recommend you do is visit us at Sweetbriar Rose! We are conveniently located on 290 between Fredericksburg and Stonewall. Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday, so we are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. But why limit Valentine’s Day to just the 14th? Come by Friday, Saturday, or Sunday! We will be celebrating all weekend.
If you come by any of those days, we will have special Valentine’s Day desserts from the chef and Valentine’s Jell-O shots! You can also come before your Valentine’s celebration and take some to go. Of course we have bottles of wine or some beer to make the festivities even merrier.
We look forward to seeing you at Sweetbriar Rose soon!