|St. Walfrid and His Discounted Toblerone|
February 15: The Feast Day of Saint Walfrid
"Walfrid and his wife Thesia were happily married. After their children were grown, they felt God asking them to built two monasteries, one for Thesia and other women and one for Walfrid and other men, including their son Gimfrid. After some time of living in vows to God, Gimfrid ran away in the middle of the night, stealing horses and important papers. Walfrid sent a search party and prayed that Gimfrid would come back. He also prayed that God would give Gimfrid a sign so that he would never forget his vows to God. When Gimfrid returned, one of his fingers had been injured so badly, he could never use it again. But he became a wise and wonderful leader, following in Walfrid’s footsteps."
The following is considered by some as apocryphal, others believe it was invented to simply help get rid of extra unsold chocolate before Lent
(Easter merchandise has to be sold, you know).
We'll let you decide.
After Gimfrid's return, Walfrid made up a great pot of sweet porridge to serve to the poor. He blessed it, and then asked Gimfrid to check if it was sweet enough to serve. Gimfrid stuck his crippled finger in, and suddenly the porridge turned into luscious, creamy melted chocolate -amazing since it was several hundred years before the introduction of chocolate to the Old World.
Yeah, and Gimfrid's finger was partially healed too -but back to the story:
The poor were given the chocolate in celebration. Since then, the poor have been privileged to buy discounted chocolate after St. Valentine's Day (who?) to celebrate St. Walfrid's miracle of the chocolate.
Happy Saint Walfrid's Day!!!
May Your Chocolate be Deeply Discounted
(70% off or more)
|A typical St.Walfrid's Day Card (Also known as a "Walfrid")|