Valentine’s Day has dark origins. In the third century A.D., two priests were executed by Emperor Claudius II on Feb. 14 for defying his decree that no marriage ceremonies be performed. Both were named — you guessed it — Valentine. To commemorate their deaths, the Catholic Church began the holiday.
Fortunately, much has changed since then, and the celebrations we now enjoy each February are much more focused on love. From chocolate and dinners for two to the increasingly popular “Valentine’s Day,” the day of love is ... CONTINUE READING