Thanks to pop culture, many people wrongly assume that Valentine’s Day is only a day for people who are in a relationship or in pursuit of starting a relationship with a special someone. We believe this couldn’t be further from the truth.

For us, Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to show the special people in your life, how much you care about them. You don’t have to be romantically involved with them or even “in love” with them. Now don’t get us wrong, if you have a special someone, you should certainly flower them with love and thoughtful gifts on February 14th and beyond, but that’s not what this week’s blog is dedicated to.

Instead of playing to the popular pop culture image of Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be interesting to go back to the start of Valentine’s day and explore the beginnings of the most romantic holiday.

Ironically enough, the beginnings of the holiday surrounded by love is thought to be filled with death and mystery. In fact, there are several theories regarding how the holiday started.

One such theory is that Valentine’s Day began as a remembrance celebration for an early Catholic Saint named, you guessed it, Valentine. Valentine lived in Rome during the Third Century. At this time, Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage under the pretense that single men made better soldiers. Disagreeing with this, Saint Valentine secretly performed marriages. Long story short, when the emperor found out he quickly had Valentine killed.

Another popular theory is that Valentine’s Day was started by the Christians in response to the Pagan holiday of Lupercalia which was celebrated on the Ides of February or February 15 to be exact. According to history.com, Lupercalia would begin with an order of priests gathering at the mouth of a cave. Here they would sacrifice a goat for fertility and a dog for purification. Then they dipped strips of goat hide in blood and walked the streets hitting women. This ritual was thought to increase their fertility in the coming year.

Despite its bloody beginnings, Valentine’s Day has morphed into what it is today: The World’s Most Romantic Holiday. Now, people from the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia all celebrate the holiday by giving gifts, writing cards, sending flowers and candy, or spending time with the one’s they love.

If you have an elderly loved one in your life, we highly recommend you do something special for them this Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t have to be anything big, in fact a simple card telling them how much you care for them would mean the world to them.

Still not sure what to get them? Check out this blog we wrote discussing 5 great Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your elderly loved one: http://wisercareservices.com/blog/5-valentines-day-gifts-for-your-elderly-loved-one/ .

As always, Wiser Home Care is here to help you with whatever you need. From providing care to developing an extensive care plan for your loved one, and everything in between, we are happy to help. Please contact us, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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