The month of February has a tradition of being the month of romance. Based primarily on the legend of Bishop Valentine’s martyrdom, this tradition has morphed over the centuries. The Roman Emperor, Claudius II, believed that marriage inhibited soldier’s focus on defending their nation. So he issued an edict forbidding marriages. Bishop Valentine secretly performed the marriage sacrament for many young lovers. When Claudius learned of this, he had Valentine arrested. During his time in prison, he miraculously restored vision to the jailor’s daughter. Their friendship resulted in a farewell note he wrote prior to his execution, signed “from Your Valentine.” The 14th of February, his execution date, became a day for all lovers to express their commitment and Valentine became its Patron Saint.
There are other versions of the source of this holiday, including it’s connection to the mid-February pagan fertility festival. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, with written ones appearing in the 1400’s. Fast forward to the 1840’s when Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year.
The overall story is about loving one another and expressing those feelings. How much more can you love someone than to encourage them to be self sufficient? Consider sharing your preparedness information and maybe even a meal prepared off the grid. Sun Ovens work on sunny winter days.
Share the Love
Billie Nicholson 2014
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Have you checked the prices on various emergency preparedness items and been discouraged by the price tag? If so, you wouldn’t be alone.
Rather than giving up on your efforts to be prepared, you can usually gather a couple of neighbors together and organize a group buy on various items – water barrels, 72-hour kits, and even Sun Ovens.
By organizing a larger buy, the company often provides a volume discount, which saves the buyer anywhere from $10 to $50, depending
on the item and quantity. The best way to know how many items you would need to buy in order to make it worth the effort is to do a little research.
The Internet provides valuable information on organizations, and something as simple as a phone call can be very helpful.
With the holiday season quickly approaching, group buys may be an excellent way to gather various presents for extended family members, and that may also allow you to take advantage of seasonal sales and promotions, too.
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October 2011, Every Needful Thing Jason M. Carlton