History of Valentine’s Day

You may celebrate Valentine’s Day with candy, flowers, cards or handmade gifts. Do you know the history of this popular day? Although the true facts may be lost in time, we can create a rather accurate picture of how this cherished holiday came to be. Valentine’s Day is more than a chance to send a greeting card; view it as a special chance to show those around you how much you care for them and appreciate their company and friendship.
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Going Back in Time

February is known as the ‘month of love’. It is surmised that February 14 was chosen in the Middle Ages as this was the day that local birds started their mating season. A fitting choice, indeed. Perhaps this is where the phrase ‘love birds’ originated. Owl Smooch Print showcases two love birds cuddling up together. Made in Maine, this sweet print is sure to remind you of love every time you see it. Cupid is an iconic Valentine’s Day character. Canine Cupid is ready to share some love this year. Hearts are a classic motif in February. Lace Heart Pillow will accent your home.

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Saint Valentine’s Day, a Christian and Roman tradition, has its roots stemming from what history describes as three possible people, all named Valentine, who were martyred and viewed as saints by the church. Two of these have very interesting stories. The first, a priest named Valentine, is known to have performed marriages for young couples against the wishes of Emperor Claudius II. The second Valentine, a prisoner, sent what is being called the first ‘valentine’ as he wrote a letter to his love and signed it, ‘from your Valentine’. Whatever the actual story is, these snippets into the past make for interesting reading.

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Show Someone You Care

Valentine’s Day is the second most popular holiday for card sending, second only to Christmas. Written valentine’s first appeared in 1400 when a poem from Charles, Duke of Orleans expressed his love to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Later, Henry V hired a writer, John Lydgate, to compose a love not to Catherine of Valois. By the 18th century, exchange of handwritten notes and tokens of affection was popular in Great Britain. By 1900, printed cards began to replace handwritten letters. Take some time to show someone you care by sending a letter anytime of year.

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True Love Print Fun Love Day Facts

  • About 141 million valentine’s are exchanged annually, excluding those given by students.
  • More than half of the United States celebrates Valentine’s Day by sending a card.
  • In the early 1700s and 1800s in the United States, the “Mother of the Valentine”, Esther A. Howland, was the first to begin selling mass-produced valentine’s crafted from lace, ribbons and colorful pictures. Not unlike modern day cards.
  • Valentine’s Day is celebrated today in the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.

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