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Feb
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Happy Heart Day

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Not only is February Heart and Stroke month but it is also one of the biggest day for florists and greeting card companies; if you couldn’t guess already I am talking about Valentines Day. Do you really know how Valentines Day came about? With a little research (one of the many skills of a good community leader) I found out that it is more than just a “Hallmark Holiday”.

Parents are wondering how many cards and cupcakes the kids will need? Do you make homemade valentines  and cookies. The pressure is on; some of the more craft-crazy families may go all-out and even sew some felt hearts on strings.

This time of year many individuals are feeling the pressure in looking for the right gift or greeting card for that special someone. Romance is the key!

Here is an explanation of Valentine’s Day and some of the actual  facts behind the holiday, in case you want to think about this one more.

• Like most modern holidays, a day celebrating love this time of the  year traces its roots back to Pagan traditions. The Roman festival known as Lupercalia, one of the longest-lasting of all Roman holidays, happened every February 15. It honored the goddess of women and marriage, Juno, as well  as Pan, the lascivious god of nature.

• The story of Cupid also comes from Roman mythology. He was the son of Venus who was  the goddess of love. Cupid is often said to be a mischievous boy who  goes around wounding both gods and humans with his arrows, causing them  to fall in love.

• The Christian roots of the holiday centers on the story of Saint Valentine. He was linked to a romantic narrative in the Middle Ages in a work called the Acta. But he is probably an amalgam of at least two Valentines who lived during in the early A.D. era of the Roman Empire.

• The most accepted lore is that St. Valentine was a priest who refused to uphold a law enacted by Roman Emperor Claudius II. The law  ordered young men to remain single because the Emperor believed that  married men did not make for good soldiers and he wanted a bigger army. But the priest Valentine believed in love and he secretly performed  marriages behind the Emperor’s back. When Claudius found out about this,  he had Valentine arrested, thrown in jail, and possibly killed.

• Another legend is it that Valentine was an imprisoned man who fell  in love with his jailor’s daughter. Before he was put to death he sent  the first ‘valentine’ himself when he wrote her a letter and signed it  ‘Your Valentine.’

If the story of St. Valentine is too gruesome  for your tastes, or if you’d just like to focus more on the concept  of love itself, you may choose to tell a different story about love:  falling in love, the power of love, or perhaps the story of how you and  your mate fell in love.

There are other ways to celebrate the day include watching a movie about love,  making cards together, or crafting a family poem where everyone takes turns creating one line. You can also play a game that tells what each  person in the family loves about each of the other family members. These thoughts are written out and put in a basket or a small box that is owned by each person. Family members take turns reading aloud what has  been written about them.

Whatever you decide this year to celebrate the day, some clear  intention is sure to help craft lasting memories. As far as I’m  concerned, you should say I love you all year not just because Hallmark tells you so…

Happy Messy Cupid Day!

P.S.: February 15 is National Flag Day – wave your Canada Day flag with pride.

Stay tuned for next weeks blog – always looking for great ideas to blog about throughout the NW Region.

Yvonne Rempel | 780.827.1464 | yvonne.rempel@knowledgeconnector.ca

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