First Blush

Reflections and sightings from [almost] daily jogging at dawn

Monday, February 12, 2007

Sunrise 7:03: Blame the English?


The female Dawn Jogger is unsure if [St.] Valentine's Day is celebrated in other parts of the world. Americans know the day to be big with sellers of greeting cards, candy and flowers. Although "Saint" has been dropped from the celebration's name, there really was a Saint Valentine. He was a Christian priest who assisted martyrs during the persecution under Emperor Claudius II who became a martyr himself, according to Robert Ellsburg writing in All Saints. Ellsburg says it was the English who made it a romantic holiday, grasping at the first signs of spring - birds beginning to mate around St. Valentine's Day. The hearts adorning one fence on Bay Laurel in Menlo Park went up almost as soon as the Christmas decorations came down...

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