Valentine’s Day Chocolates And Learning To Turn Love Into Confection

As far as we know, and as far back as we can remember it, Valentine’s Day is for lovers.  But we also know that the notion of Valentine’s Day started way back when we were children.  If you share my recollection, Valentine’s Day may have been celebrated with a close relative, or perhaps, with a schoolmate, by receiving several of those little cards that are distributed during class parties.  No doubt, your mother or grandmother received a special box of chocolate in a beautifully decorated heart shaped box. However, looking back in history we find traces of myths, which differentiate from the basis of the customs that we follow so closely today.

There was a time when February 14th was known as “Saint Valentine’s Day”.  But surely to eliminate any religious connotation, it has long since evolved into a “lovers” holiday, bearing the name Valentine’s Day.  Carrying with it the foundations of both ancient Roman and Christian rituals, there are many legends which have been associated with Saint Valentine.   One legend emphasizes a romantic overtone and significantly relates to the correlation of a tribute to lovers and romance.  It portrays Valentine, a priest serving during the reign of Claudius II, who secretly performed marriages between soldiers and their sweethearts before going into battle.  As the Emperor forbade these marriages, Valentine was put to death.  February 14, circa 270 A.D., is presumably the day of his execution, and as such, this solemn event is commemorated in his honor.  “Doing anything for love” is a phrase used metaphorically, but as you can see, can often be catastrophic!

Many a love story has ended in tragedy, as we well know.  Shakespeare wrote about it in Romeo and Juliet.  Jerome Robbins developed his rendition of a similar tale written by Arthur Laurents, in West Side Story. But for the vast majority, Valentine’s Day is an esteemed occasion filled with happiness and adoration.  There’s a special warmth that emanates on this day, for the young and not so young.

My memories of Valentine’s Day are tender and most vivid.  I can still recall my second grade classroom engaging in an exchange of Valentine cards, and sharing cupcakes.  I remember clearly a Valentine processional synchronized to the song, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”, and feeling like a queen that day.  And most memorable and loving, I cherish the spectacular chocolates in a heart shaped box that were given to me every year as a little girl by my Uncle Ciro.  Such a gesture of affection, I will never forget.  To this day, Valentine’s Day is not complete without this delectable confection.  For me, it secures the sentiments of my life.

As we move forward and intensify the romanticism on the planet the universal feeling of Valentine’s Day still prevails!  Every year hundreds of millions of Valentine cards are sent all over the world.  And as remarkable as that may be, we must also admire the jewelry, flowers, and romantic valentine gift baskets that are the craze as well!

Begin creating a lasting memory for someone.  It’s never too soon to begin, and never too late to start lovin’!

Exult in cupid’s command, and triumph in the love of your life!

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