♥ Heart Pops For Your Valentines ♥

In A.D. 270, a Roman priest named Valentine enraged the Emperor, Claudius II, who had issued an edict forbidding Christian marriages. Claudius felt that married men made poor soldiers, and therefore abolished the practice. Valentine invited young lovers to come to him to be joined secretly in marriage. Claudius imprisoned Valentine who refused to renounce Christianity and the sacrament of matrimony and was subsequently beheaded for his defiance. Some historians claim that while Valentine was imprisoned he fell in love with the blind daughter of his jailer, Asterius. Valentine’s love restored her sight and his last message to her was signed: “From Your Valentine.” A phrase that would regrettably live longer than Valentine did. To honor the martyred champion of love, we celebrate St. Valentine’s Day each year on February 14th with roses, and chocolate and all things red.    However, if you are like us, you still have candy leftover from the other bastion of ‘all things red,’ Christmas.

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