Today on Days to Remember we celebrate what makes Valentine’s Day so special than any other holiday.
The pressure that comes every February 14th should not overwhelm you from showing your loved ones just how much you care about them. Whether you’re in a relationship or single, there are simple ways to make Valentine’s Day extra special for the ones you love, not to mention yourself.
There are a number of Saints called Valentine who are honored on February 14. The day became associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages in England.
This may have followed on from the Pagan fertility festivals that were held all over Europe as the winter came to an end.
Traditionally, lovers exchanged hand written notes. Commercial cards became available in the mid nineteenth century.
Today’s YouTube video below brought to you by user name, (watchmojo.com), give you a little idea of the history of Valentine’s Day.
If Valentines started in England, how did it come to America to be loved by millions?
According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today.
Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure.
By The Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.
Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.”
However you celebrate this day of love, remember to celebrate the holidays with a little pizzazz as you remember in loving way how friends and family took the time to make, who are today, as we celebrate Valentine’s Day!
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