The History of Valentine’s Day—and Four Gifts for the Discerning Lover
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and many of us are looking forward to spending time with our significant others.
But although most of us celebrate Valentine’s Day, we might not all be aware of how it started.
Valentine’s Day is the holiday of Saint Valentine, but the Catholic Church actually acknowledges the existence of three Saint Valentines, all of whom were martyrs.
The most commonly held legend connecting a Saint Valentine to romance is that Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young men in order to encourage them to be better, more focused soldiers, but a man named Valentine knew this was a bad idea because people need love in their lives, so he defied the emperor’s order and continued to do weddings for y