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We are a Christmas newsletter first, but any excuse to celebrate a holiday with a loved one is good enough for us! That’s why we are dedicating this week to everything Valentine’s Day!

But do you know the story behind Valentine’s Day?

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😻 What’s The Story Behind Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Day has a rich history that dates back to ancient Roman times. In the 3rd century, Emperor Claudius II of Rome banned marriage to recruit more soldiers for his army. However, Saint Valentine, a Christian priest, defied the emperor's orders and continued to perform marriages in secret. When he was discovered, Saint Valentine was sentenced to death and became a martyr for love. Valentine's Day is believed to be celebrated on February 14th to honor his sacrifice and commemorate the love he stood for.

The celebration of Valentine's Day spread throughout Europe during the Middle Ages, and by the 18th century, it had become a popular holiday in England. The exchange of handmade cards, known as valentines, soon followed and became a common tradition.

📨 Valentine’s Day Cards You Say?

The history of exchanging Valentine's cards originally dates back to the early 15th century. During this time, it was common for individuals to send love letters and tokens of affection to their romantic interests. These intimate gestures often took the form of handwritten notes, poems, or small handmade gifts. However, the practice of exchanging written expressions of love on Valentine's Day didn't become widespread until much later.

But it wasn't until the 19th century, during the Victorian era, that Valentine's cards as we know them today began to gain popularity. Mass production and advancements in printing technology made it easier to create and distribute these sentimental greetings and the Victorians, known for their romantic sensibilities, embraced the idea! They loved exchanging elaborate Valentine's cards adorned with lace, ribbons, and intricate designs.

During this time Valentine’s Day cards were often highly decorative, even featuring intricate paper cutouts and delicate embossing. The messages inside were often poetic and sentimental, expressing deep emotions of love and devotion. It became a popular practice to exchange these beautiful cards as a way to express one's affection towards a sweetheart.

As the exchange of Valentine's cards became more widespread, certain designs and symbols became popular. Hearts, cupids, flowers, and lovebirds were commonly depicted on these cards, symbolizing love and romance. Lace, ribbons, and delicate paper embellishments were also used to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to the cards.

With the advent of the 20th century, Valentine cards began to evolve to reflect changing societal norms and styles. While traditional sentiments and designs remained popular, new trends emerged. Humorous and lighthearted Valentine's cards became more common, featuring playful puns and witty messages. The shift towards more light-hearted expressions of love allowed for a wider range of card designs and messages.

Today Valentine's Day is celebrated worldwide, with people expressing their love and affection for others through cards, gifts, and romantic gestures.

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"Valentine's Day is a love note to the rest of the year. Graciously, it comes at a perfect time to be savored - that period of calm between winter holiday commotion and spring enticements."
— Jo Lightfoot

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