• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

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    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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Valentine’s Day: Why It Exists Today

We all know the Valentine’s Day that we celebrate today.  Colorful cards that we give to friends and loved ones, candy, flowers, hearts, and the list goes on.  However, very few of us know how this tradition actually began.  Is it more than just another “Hallmark holiday?”

Well, according to several resources, Valentine’s Day actually started in the 200s AD.  At this time, there was a Roman emperor named Claudius who dictated that young men were not allowed to marry.  He wanted them to be equipped for war and service and felt that unmarried men made overall better soldiers.  However, despite Claudius’ orders, a priest who went by the name of Valentine secretly began to wed young couples during this time.  Later on, after being imprisoned, children who missed and adored Valentine would write him messages and throw them through the prison bars for him to read (i.e. the beginning of Valentine’s cards!).

Today, we celebrate Valentine’s Day as an annual tradition to illustrate love and affection for one another.  The actual symbols of Valentine’s Day are cupid, doves, love birds, roses, hearts, and arrows.  (Although, as we know, there are way more than just these!)  The most common way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is with the simple exchange of cards (whether affectionate, funny, or friendly), and is found all over the world.

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