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Wednesday Spotlight: Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
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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Saint Patrick & Shamrocks, A Brief History

Friday, March 7th, 2014
It has long been understood that shamrocks go hand in hand with Irish heritage. The custom of wearing a shamrock when celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day is commonly seen around the world to this day. Spread some Irish luck throughout your home and speak to Irish heritage with these themed items just right for year round display or special occasions like Saint Patrick’s Day.
Irish Blessing Sign

Looking at History

Shamrocks have been used as the symbol of Ireland since the 18th century. Into the 19th century, the shamrock began to appear alongside the rose, thistle and leek, the symbols for England, Scotland and Wales respectively. Shamrock symbolism continued to strengthen, appearing in ballads and popular songs of the time. Association between Saint Patrick and shamrocks stems from the 5th century where imagery of Saint Patrick depicts him preaching to crowds while holding a shamrock in his hand. The first official mention of the connection does not come until 1681 when Englishman Thomas Dinley accounted his travels to Ireland with mention of the shamrock tied to Saint Patrick’s Day.

Kiss Me Sign
Irish Lace Shortbread Pan Irish Blessing Soup Bowl

Shay O' Shaughnessy Sculpture Fun Facts about Shamrocks

  • The shamrock is actually a registered trademark of the Government of Ireland.
  • “Shamrock” is derived from Irish seamróg, the diminutive version of the Irish word for clover (seamair) meaning simply “little clover” or “young clover”.
  • Shamrocks traditionally have three leaves. Those with four are considered rare and therefore lucky.
  • Speaking of lucky, experts claim that there are 10,000 3-leaf clovers for every 4-leaf clover. Lucky find, indeed.
  • There is no “shamrock plant” so to speak, but there are thousands of varieties of clovers.
Ode to the Shamrock

“Oh The Shamrock – Through Erin’s Isle, To sport awhile, As Love and Valor wander’d With Wit, the sprite, Whose quiver bright A thousand arrows squander’d. Where’er they pass, A triple grass Shoots up, with dew-drops streaming, As softly green As emeralds seen Through purest crystal gleaming. Oh the Shamrock, the green immortal Shamrock! Chosen leaf Of Bard and Chief, Old Erin’s native Shamrock!”

From Oh the Shamrock by Thomas Moore.

Sweet Kelly Green Sculpture

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