Wednesday Spotlight: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is often celebrated with candy, flowers, cards, or handmade gifts, and gives those celebrating a special chance to show the people around them how much they appreciate their company and relationship (romantic or friendly). Do you know the history of this popular day? Although some facts may be lost in time, we can create a rather accurate picture of how this cherished holiday, and its decor, came to be.
Home Established Plaque Red Flameless Candles
Going Back in Time

February is known as the month of love. It is surmised that February 14 was chosen for Valentine’s Day during the Middle Ages, as this was the approximate day that birds started their mating season. The term “lovebirds” does not actually come out of this, however. A lovebird is a small parrot, and gets its name from the monogamous pairing patterns it follows, as well as from its social and affectionate nature. Although not parrots, our 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. Perhaps a more recognizable Valentine’s Day character is Cupid, and our Canine Cupid is ready to share some love this year. Hearts are also a classic motif in February, and this Lace Heart Pillow is a beautiful way to accent your home for Valentine’s Day (or throughout the year).

Owl Smooch Print
Lace Heart Pillow Canine Cupid Display

Westies Pillow The First Valentine’s Day

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.”

Stained Glass Double Heart Old Fashioned Love Sculpture

Show Someone You Care

Valentine’s Day is the second most popular holiday for card sending, second only to Christmas. Written valentines first appeared in 1400 when a poem from Charles, the 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 note to Catherine of Valois. By the 18th century, the exchange of handwritten notes and tokens of affection was popular in Great Britain. By 1900, printed cards began to replace handwritten letters. Do you write letters to those you love on Valentine’s Day, or at other times throughout the year?

What I Love Canvas Tote
Meadow Flowers Shortbread Pan Downtown Abbey™ Postcard Pillow

True Love Print Fun Love Day Facts

  • About 141 million valentines are exchanged annually.
  • More than half of the United States celebrates Valentine’s Day by sending a card.
  • The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates dates back to 1868, and is credited to Richard Cadbury.
  • About 75% of the flowers purchased on Valentine’s Day are done so by men.

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