Valentine’s Day is celebrated every February 14. Chocolate, roses, and presents are traded with loved ones in the United States and in other countries around the world; all in the celebration of St. Valentine. But, who is this mysterious man, and what is the real story of Valentine’s Day? One legend claims that Valentine was a priest who served in Rome in the third century. When King Claudius II declared that single men would make better soldiers than those with women and families, he refused to allow the marriage of young men. Valentine ignored Claudius and remained illegally involved in the marriages of young lovers. As Valentine’s actions were revealed, Claudius ordered him to be put to death.
Since Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, classrooms around the world are getting creative. Many schools around the world are sending virtual cards instead of real ones. I would also suggest that students send their Valentine’s Day letters to their teachers in advance so their teachers are in control of delivery. By doing this fewer people will be touching the gifts. Scientists suggest putting away cards for 24 hours before exchanging them to kill possible COVID-19 germs. Being pretty much stuck at home for Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. We could be in a lockdown right now, but I promise it won’t last much longer.