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