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Scots Feils: “Love for me and you, and probably just me”

February 8, 2013

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the “month of love” is in full swing.

I have always been curious as to why Valentine’s Day is such a major event and why people invest so much of their time in it. Let’s just say, we can thank Saint Valentine for that.

The legend stands that he was put to death for performing secret marriages for young lovers, and, therefore, was seen as a heroic and romantic figure of the time. He was so popular in fact, that the day of his death was later declared a holiday of love practiced worldwide.

Another fun aspect is that in the Middle Ages, the holiday was associated with the beginning of the bird’s mating season. Interesting.

Whether you have a sweetie,  are currently trying to lock one down, or are happily single, we have all felt the anxiety of this holiday. Some may relate their angst to the martyred soul of Saint Valentine, while others seem perfectly confident in their relationship standings.

Either way, people go nuts, buying presents and chocolate galore (sometimes for ourselves…). In America alone, Valentine’s Day is the second largest card-sending holiday (runner-up to Christmas), with an estimated one billion cards bought each year, according to the Greeting Card Association.

And guess who buys 85 percent of these Valentine’s —  women. Maybe it’s just me but shouldn’t it be a 50/50 deal between both sexes?

Perhaps men just like to go the traditional route of flowers and chocolate, which isn’t a bad thing either.

So good luck this holiday, whether you find yourself on an amazing romantic date or sitting at home alone watching “Valentine’s Day” (you know, the movie) with a glass of wine, shower yourself with love. And don’t be afraid to buy yourself a box of chocolates.

Braunwyn Feil
Sports Editor

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