The modernization of St. Valentine’s Day claims the day is all about love notes, chocolate, and roses. However, the history of Valentine’s Day is a little more complicated than that.
Below you will find a few links outlining the history/speculation of the history of Saint Valentine’s Day.
Some of the stories are surrounded by mystery, hardship, and bravery. All of the stories end in the death of “Saint Valentine”.
What is Valentine’s Day? The Truth About The Holiday.
Our absolute favorite history lesson about St. Valentine’s Day and the origin of its name can be found in the Mystery of History books! We have it in audio format and have loved listening to it over and over again (all of the book, not just the part about Saint Valentine!). If you are looking for a Biblically based history curriculum, I recommend the Mystery of History!
What’s interesting (and scary) is how a pagan holiday was combined with the life of a Saint Valentine (or two) to create our modern day version of Valentine’s Day. You can read a more descriptive (and kind of gross) account of the original pagan festival HERE.
Learning To Love As A Christian
Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s ControlThe 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that LastsThe 5 Love Languages for Men: Tools for Making a Good Relationship GreatThe 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children EffectivelyThe 5 Love Languages Singles Edition: The Secret that Will Revolutionize Your RelationshipsQuest for Love: True Stories of Passion and PurityThe 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens EffectivelyThe 5 Love Languages Military Edition: The Secret to Love That Lasts
As Christians, if we choose to celebrate the martyrdom of (the two) Saint Valentine, then we should do so by remembering the history behind the name. While we can interpret the holiday to be centered around love (the love of Saint Valentine for the Lord, God’s love for us, our love towards one another, etc.), we should be careful to not adopt pagan traditions or celebrations.
Educating ourselves is important! And I hope you found this article helpful for that purpose.