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System - Friday, February 14, 2020

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The History of Valentine’s Day, and Why We Celebrate

Valentine’s Day may be associated with romance, but the origin of the holiday isn’t romantic. Here’s the history of Valentine’s Day you may not know.


Whether you love Valentine’s Day or hate it, one thing’s clear: Valentine’s Day history goes way back. And while Valentine’s Day is now known for kissing, Valentine’s Day gifts for him, and hard-to-get dinner reservations, the origins of the holiday are far less romantic. Here, the Valentine’s Day history that wouldn’t make it into a rom-com, featuring a saint, a massacre, and even sinful nuns of Valentine’s Day (seriously!). This is everything you need to know about the real origins behind the February 14 holiday before you start shopping for Valentine’s Day gifts for kids.

When is Valentine’s Day?

First, a quick refresher: Valentine’s Day always falls on February 14. Valentine’s Day 2020 is Friday, February 14. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day, and since then, February 14 has been a day of celebration (religious or romantic). 

How did Valentine’s Day start?

Valentine’s Day is a fixed day on the calendar, and the ancient Roman calendar included a mid-February holiday even before St. Valentine’s time. That holiday (arguably the origin of Valentine’s Day), called Lupercalia, celebrated fertility, and may have included a ritual in which men and women were paired off by choosing names from a jar. In Ancient Greece, people observed a mid-winter celebration for the marriage of the god Zeus and the goddess Hera. Some historians wonder if these traditions may have influenced the way we now celebrate February 14.

Who was Saint Valentine? (And what does he have to do with chocolate hearts?)

Not much, it turns out. Saint Valentine’s Day was a feast day in the Catholic religion, added to the liturgical calendar around 500 AD. (Thanks, Pope Gelasius!) The day was commemorated for martyred saints named—you guessed it—Valentine. Differing legends celebrate three different saints called Valentine or Valentinus, but since very little was known about these men and there were conflicting reports of the Saint Valentine Day story, the feast day was removed from the Christian liturgical calendar in 1969.

But even though not much is known about the real history of the Saint Valentines on whom the holiday is based, the legend of Saint Valentine has several tellings. One legend says that Saint Valentine refused to convert to paganism and was executed by Roman Emperor Claudius II. Prior to his death, he was able to miraculously heal the daughter of his jailer, who then converted to Christianity along with his family. Another legend says a bishop called Saint Valentine of Terni is the true namesake of the holiday; this Saint Valentine was also executed.

But according to others—and this is how Saint Valentine became affiliated with a love-focused holiday—Saint Valentine was a Roman priest who performed weddings for soldiers forbidden to marry, because of an Roman emperor edict decreeing married soldiers did not make good warriors and thus young men could not marry. This Saint Valentine wore a ring with a Cupid on it—a symbol of love—that helped soldiers recognize him. And, in a precursor to greeting cards, he handed out paper hearts to remind Christians of their love for God.

Because of this legend, St. Valentine became known as the patron saint of love. The Saint Valentine prayer asks Saint Valentine to connect lovers together, so that two become one, and the couple remembers their devotion to God.

While the Saint Valentine story set the groundwork for establishing the day as a holiday for romantic love, what truly solidified the connection between Saint Valentine and love was a poem by medieval author Geoffrey Chaucer in 1381, which historians consider the origin of the “modern” celebration of Valentine’s Day, where we celebrate our romantic partnership with one other person.

Why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Chaucer lived in the Middle Ages, the era of courtly love, when broad, romantic statements of devotion—poems, songs, paintings—celebrated partnership. By the end of the 15th century, the word “valentine” was being used to describe a lover in poems and songs of the day, and in the 18th century, a book called The Young Man’s Valentine Writer was published in England. By the mid-19th century, mass-produced paper Valentine’s Cards were being created (though Valentine card ideas are still worth trying), and Valentine’s Day as we know it was born.

Valentine's Day history, origin, story, and more - Vintage Valentine's Day card

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The truth about Valentine’s Day history is that the romantic holiday isn’t immune to trauma. In Prohibition Chicago in 1929, seven men were killed by a gang organized by Al Capone on February 14. The Valentine’s Day Massacre became a flashpoint in Prohibition history, with police and lawmakers going after the gangs and mobs that had formed in cities to control then-illegal substances like alcohol.

What is the meaning of Valentine’s Day?

Over the years (and centuries), Valentine’s Day has been a religious celebration, an ancient ritual day, and a commercial holiday. All that change means the meaning of Valentine’s Day is truly whatever you want it to be: You can skip the celebrations completely, buy yourself some chocolate or flowers, or express your love and appreciation for the people in your life, whether they’re co-workers, romantic partners, friends, or family members. Some people love Valentine’s Day, and some people just love to hate it; Galentine’s Day (and Galentine’s Day gifts) are a relatively new way to celebrate, as women stock up on Valentine’s Day ideas for her and celebrate their love for their closest friends.

If you’re trying to figure out what to do on Valentine’s Day, just know that there are no rules: It’s a new era, and you can celebrate the day of love however you want, even if it’s just through self-love. A nice dinner out, going to the movies, cooking a fancy meal at home, or hosting a Valentine’s Day party are also great ways to celebrate; whatever you do, if you have a romantic partner, just make sure you’re on the same page to avoid any disappointments or hurt feelings.

Article by: Real Simple Editors at: https://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day

First Month is Free OAC! 02/14/20

System - Friday, February 14, 2020


First Month is Free OAC! Fantastic Flex Space - Office, Storage, Workshop

Flex space now available in the VanCo building on high traffic Pacific Coast Hwy. This space features a main lobby entrance, private mailboxes, shared break room and is and close to the Port of Long Beach, Downtown Long Beach and the 710 Corridor. Flexible space has tons of potential!   Located near Magnolia Ave., and Pacific Coast Hwy (PCH).

Over 360 square feet of space and an additional Space also includes a common break room

To schedule a viewing for this property, please call or text Jim (657) 247-6671.

For more information on this or any other available property, please contact Ernst & Haas Management at (562) 989-9835, or visit us online at www.MyRentalList.com and apply today.

Available NOW!

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New Listing Alert for 02/13/20!

System - Thursday, February 13, 2020


Beautiful 2 Story Townhome in Bixby!

This beautiful townhome is tucked away in the Highland Hacienda Community in Bixby Knolls, and has been upgraded throughout with new carpeting in both bedrooms, and hardwood flooring on the ground floor and stairs. The modern kitchen features a stove, dishwasher, recessed lighting and beautiful wood cabinets and granite counters. The spacious living room opens up to both the kitchen and dining area and features fresh paint, a guest bathroom, large windows to allow ample lighting to wash in and a crackling fireplace. The dual master suites feature a large wardrobe closets, en-suite bathrooms, vaulted ceilings and dual balconies. Central heat and air, in-unit laundry hook-ups, a 2 car attached garage, pool, spa, sundeck, BBQ area and lush grounds make this home the perfect choice! Located near Atlantic Ave. and Wardlow. 

For more information on this or any other available property, please contact Ernst & Haas Management at (562) 989-9835, or visit us online at www.MyRentalList.com and apply today.

Available 04/10/20!

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First Month's Free! 02/12/20

System - Wednesday, February 12, 2020


First Month's Free! Long Beach Office for Lease on Pacific Coast Hwy!

Wonderful Commercial Office space in the VanCo building on High Traffic Pacific Coast Hwy. This office features a main lobby entrance, private mailbox, all utilities included, Common area maintenance included, and is close to the Port of Long Beach, Downtown Long Beach and the 710 Corridor. Flexible space as tons of potential! Located near Magnolia Ave. and Pacific Coast Highway.

To schedule a viewing for this property, please call or text Jim (657) 247-6671.

For more information on this or any other available property, please contact Ernst & Haas Management at (562) 989-9835, or visit us online at www.MyRentalList.com and apply today.

Available NOW!

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New Listing Alert for 02/11/20!

System - Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Beautiful 3 Bedroom 2 Bath in Prime Los Altos Location!

A charming Los Altos Area home! The home includes over 1300 square feet of living space and features a spacious living room, a separate dining area and 3 spacious bedrooms. The living room is light and bright with large windows and blinds, window box seating and beautiful hardwood floors. There is recessed lighting, a remote fan and a crackling dual sided gas fireplace. The attached dining room also features a ceiling fan and built-in bookshelves, and connects to the kitchen. The kitchen maintains it's original cabinets and comes equipped with a stove, refrigerator and a dishwasher, and there is an attached laundry room/service porch that includes additional storage and a side by side washer & dryer.  There are 2 bedrooms in the front of the house that share a hallway bathroom and a huge master bedroom in the rear that boasts a walk-in closet and an en-suite bathroom. Both front and rear yards feature garden landscaping with automatic irrigation and landscaping services are included.

Located just a block away from Cal State long beach, and Los Altos Shopping center.

For more information, or to schedule a viewing for this property, please call or text Jaime at (562) 762-6050, or visit us online at www.MyRentalList.com and apply today. 

Available NOW!

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Today's Star Property 02/10/20

System - Monday, February 10, 2020


Ultra Unique Belmont Shores Luxury Home with 360 Degree Roof Top Ocean View!

Just steps from the sand and waves, this truly unique home is sure to impress everyone who steps inside. The front yard features a cozy front patio with a water feature, and a long driveway that leads to the detached garage that doubles as an indoor back yard entertainment area. The rear yard is very private and features a covered patio area with built in lounges, a fire pit, a water fall and is lushly landscaped. There is a spiral stair case that leads to a huge mid-level lounge area that is covered with an antique trellis and includes lounge furniture. Continuing up the spiral staircase leads to the 4 story roof top deck (the highest point in the neighborhood) that offers stunning 360 degree views stretching from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.  

The interior of the home has been highly upgraded and begins with the expansive living room that boasts a stone fireplace, a large retreat, a dining area that connects to the gourmet kitchen and overlooks the rear yard. There is a full guest bath on the main level as well as 2 storage closets. The gourmet kitchen features granite counters and a full suite of built-in appliances including an integrated refrigerator, a 2 drawer dishwasher, under counter microwave, gas cook top and dual wall ovens. The 2nd level features the master bedroom that includes a stone covered wall, an electric fireplace, dual closet armoire and 15 foot ceilings. An en-suite bathroom which is accessed by a flight of stairs leading to a truly unique bathroom that has a dual vanity sink, a soaking tub, a walk-in shower and a separate water closet. The 2nd bedroom has a large mirrored wardrobe closet, a crackling fireplace, a private balcony and a sink. The 3rd bedroom features 9 ft ceilings, a ceiling fan and a large wardrobe closet. A separate laundry room and a hallway bathroom are also located on the 2nd floor.

There is a guest cottage located in the rear yard that encompasses the 4th bedroom and bathroom, and has built in book shelves, a ceiling fan, added storage and an inside spiral stairs that leads to the loft bedroom.

This home is located in a prime area of Belmont Shore, just steps from the beach and a short walk to the heart of 2nd street with quaint shops, restaurants and coffee houses.

For more information, or to schedule a viewing for this property, please call or text Frank at (562) 480-9521, or visit us online at www.MyRentalList.com and apply today.

Available NOW!

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Property Listing for 02/07/20

System - Friday, February 7, 2020

Large, Spacious 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Duplex with Pool!!

Come home to this wonderful 2 bedroom 1 bath duplex. The open floor plan makes the unit feel more spacious then it already is and the large windows bring in ample natural lighting. This apartment features, fresh carpet and paint, and complimentary blinds. The kitchen comes equipped with a stove and has plenty of cabinets for storage. The home has a private 1 car garage with remote garage door opener. The building features an on-site laundry facility and a refreshing pool with slide, which you only have to share with 1 other tenant.

To schedule a self-guided tour, open the following link on your smartphone or copy this link to your browser and click on the blue button on the right hand side that says "Schedule Showing":
https://ernsthaasmgmt.appfolio.com/listings/detail/56b3a52c-75a8-4b46-96a1-d20bd4128c2e

For help with the code box, please watch the following video:
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For more information on this or any other available property, please contact Ernst & Haas Management at (562) 989-9835, or visit us online at www.MyRentalList.com and apply today.

Available NOW!

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New Listing Alert! 02/06/20

System - Thursday, February 6, 2020


Wonderful 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Home in Prime Los Altos Neighborhood!

Welcome home to beautiful Los Altos, a lovely Long Beach neighborhood with tree lined streets and just blocks from great parks, schools and shopping. This spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath is located on a large corner lot and has been expanded from its original floor plan to include nearly 1500 square feet of living space. Features include an upgraded kitchen, a large family room, hardwood floors, a fireplace, an attached 2 car garage and more!  

For more information on this or any other available property, please contact Ernst & Haas Management at (562) 989-9835, or visit us online at www.MyRentalList.com and apply today.

Available 03/02/20!

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Property Listing for 02/06/20

System - Thursday, February 6, 2020


Huge 2 Bedroom in Bixby Knolls w/Garage! 

Step in to your new apartment home! This quaint 2-story building is exceptionally maintained. The apartment features fresh paint, newer carpet, newer blinds, lots of storage and a large living room with multiple windows for natural lighting. The rear open courtyard is perfect for barbecuing and entertaining your guests. On-site laundry facilities are also included. Close to shopping, entertainment and transportation. Easy access to the 405 and 710 freeways. Located near San Antonio Dr. and Atlantic Ave.

To schedule a self-guided tour, open the following link on your smartphone or copy this link to your browser and click on the blue button on the right hand side that says "Schedule Showing":
https://ernsthaasmgmt.appfolio.com/listings/detail/176e926b-eee5-4559-919f-21d5bbacca0a

For help with the code box, please watch the following video:
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For more information on this or any other available property, please contact Ernst & Haas Management at (562) 989-9835, or visit us online at www.MyRentalList.com and apply today. 

Available NOW!

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Property Listing for 02/05/20

System - Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Beautiful Ocean Club Condo with Stunning Panoramic Ocean & City Views!

This beautiful condo is located in the luxurious Ocean Club Condominium Tower and features breathtaking views stretching from Palos Verdes to Newport Beach, including views of the Shoreline Marina and the Queen Mary. Tastefully decorated, this condo features newer paint and carpet, floor to ceiling mirrors, 9' ceilings and marble flooring in the entry, kitchen and 2nd bathroom. This unit features a gourmet kitchen, wet bar and an open and inviting living room/dining area. The master bathroom includes a balcony, spacious walk-in closets, jacuzzi tub, dual sinks and a separate glassed-in shower. 2 side-by-side parking spaces complete this exclusive setting. Ultimate beachfront location with direct Beach access. HOA features include 24 hour concierge, pool, spa, BBQ area, fitness center and more. $200 HOA move-in fee.

For more information, or to schedule a viewing for this property, please call or text Lorenzo at (562) 822-2802, or visit us online at www.MyRentalList.com and apply today. 

Available NOW!

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