Would You Buy a Home in Your Sweetie's Favorite City of Scottsdale Arizona for Valentine’s Day?

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Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift? How about surprising your sweetheart by buying them a home in Scottsdale, Arizona! 

How did Valentine’s Day become a romantic holiday?

There are lots of competing origin stories for Valentine's Day. While some historians say the holiday was inspired by a pagan festival, others say it started as a day to honor St. Valentine and others say it was a day to honor the three-year-old son of Emperor Claudius, Claudius II.

a bear giving a flower to another bear on valentine's day

 The earliest record of a Saint Valentine is in the 14th century. One of the most popular stories is that Valentine was a priest who was jailed and eventually martyred in the third century. Legend has it that he was imprisoned after falling in love with a young girl. The girl died in prison and he was sentenced to death. In prison, he gave her a farewell letter and they were both executed. In the Middle Ages, this story was popularized by Geoffrey Chaucer. Chaucer tells the tale in his poem, "The Parliament of Fowls." I’m not sure that story is very romantic!

Who was St. Valentine?

The earliest connection between the feast and a saint came as early as the 14th century, but the true identity of St. Valentine has been in doubt since. There are two popular stories of the saint's origin. In one, a priest named Valentine was martyred on February 14, 269 A.D. in Roman Britain. In the other, Valentine was a priest in Rome who fell in love with his young ward, who was betrothed to another man. The boy, unable to marry the man, secretly married Valentine. The first story is more common in the United States. The second story is popular in Europe.


A number of letters have been unearthed that suggest that both stories are true.

How do people celebrate?

The most obvious way people celebrate Valentine's Day is with a gift or a card. But, the history of the holiday goes much deeper than that. Here are some Valentine's Day traditions around the world. In parts of Italy, people give each other small, handmade gifts of love on February 14. The tradition was first seen in Venice in 1415. Italian Americans celebrate the holiday by going out for a romantic dinner. People often exchange gifts made of chocolate, flowers, and love notes. The following picture is all I want, and it has to be Brach's.

conversation hearts

In Japan, people give gifts to each other known as "shinmei-gami" or, "soul mate gifts." In North America and the UK, people exchange Valentine's cards. The tradition of giving and receiving cards began in the mid-1800s.

I’ve never sold anyone a Scottsdale home as a Valentine’s Day gift from one person to another, but I’m sure it has happened before. That would be a great story and beyond romantic!

Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

The day is a celebration of love, affection, and friendship, as well as a time to express good wishes for a happy new year.  Although the New Year has already been celebrated.  It was originally a Roman pagan holiday, but it eventually became a Christian one as well. According to the Catholic church, the day honors St. Valentine. He was a priest who was said to have been martyred for refusing to give up his Christian faith.  Keep reading for more people that claim the "name to fame."

Who was valentine's day originally celebrated for?

We don't really know for sure. The first written reference to the holiday was in Rome in the 4th or 5th century, when Emperor Constantine made it a Roman festival. It was celebrated on February 14, the day before the start of the pagan festival of Lupercalia. The name was a shortened form of Valentinus, which was a Roman name that was often used to honor the god of love.

It appears there are many different stories about the true history of Valentine’s Day and who Valentine actually was. I never even thought that the holiday represented a person. The only person we think of in connection with the holiday is Cupid.

So maybe buying Scottsdale real estate isn’t on your list of a Valentine’s Day gift. But if you’re ever looking to buy and/or sell in the area, including Carefree, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, North Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Paradise Valley, give me a call at 480-877-1549. I’d “love” to work with you!

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