the history of Valentine’s day

Tue, Feb 14, 2012

Personal Development

 

The History of Saint Valentine’s Day

 

 

 

 

As Valentine’s Day approaches, do you ever think about why we celebrate this day?  The history of Valentine’s Day?

 

As I began my research, what I did learn, is that no one really knows for sure!  I learned that there was a man referred to as
Saint Valentine, and that this day was in fact named after him.  The story or history of this patron Saint, however,  is shrouded in mystery.

We do know, that February has long been celebrated as “the month of LoVe”.   The oldest known, written Valentine, still in existence today,
was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife.  Although the truth behind the Valentine legend is murky, all the stories
are consistent with respect to his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and most importantly romantic figure.

Americans began exchanging hand-written Valentine cards as early at the 1700′s.  Today according to the Greeting Card Association, as
many as 1 billion cards are sold each year for this special day.  This makes it the 2nd largest “card sending holiday” of the year, with Christmas
being number 1.  What I found to be even more interesting, is that 85% of all Valentine Cards are purchased by women.

What’s that all about?  It all began with a man, a romantic man who decided that sending a love poem would be a wonderful way to express
his love to the women of his dreams.  Now it’s mostly women who are sending these messages of love.  Things that make you say “hmmmm”
I’d love to know why you think, today, more women send romantic cards than men?  What’s that all about?

No matter what you think about Valentine’s Day, I do hope you ensure that all those you do love, know it.  Not just on Valentine’s day, but EVERY day.

ps…Dear Valentine – I really like chocolates

 

11 Responses to “the history of Valentine’s day”

  1. Susan Says:

    That is interesting history on Valentines Day. I can see how the 85% of women sending the cards now is because most of us women are the romantic ones. Also, we send them to our kids and other family members.

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  2. Michelle Connolly Says:

    I’d like to think I’m a hopeless romantic at times, woman love romance I think and every time men come into Moio’s for a birthday cake or Valentine’s day, I always remind them it’s all about the card and tell them Hallmark is across the street. So Saint Valentine had the right idea I think expressing his heartfelt words on paper.I have a weakness for chocolate as well,but the card says it all.

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  3. Kimberly Turner Says:

    I love valentines day, and my man is pretty good about sweeping me off my feet! <3 I do cringe at the hiked prices of roses… so I usually tell him not to waste the money…but who doesn't love chocolate!? AND… why not surprise me with flowers (that aren't overpriced) on a random day during the year! ;)

    I think all women have high expectations for Valentines Day! It's a great way to remind us all to love the ones who are dear to us… and show them that we do!
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  4. barry Says:

    I buy chcolates for my wife on Valentines day but I end up eating most of them

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  5. Amanda Says:

    Yes it is most definently that we buy cards for our kids and family members. But My man does pretty good at spoiling me on Valentines, I think he is the more romantic one but I love every minute of it lol.

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  6. Heather Calhoun Says:

    I just like celebrations and happy people, so Valentines Day is another way to spread the love! My 3 year old had so much fun at preschool today and my hubby is taking me out to dinner. I call that a good day!!
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