Happy Valentine’s Day! The historical foundation for this celebration of love and romance is a bit murky. For example, the Catholic church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus. One was a priest in third century Rome during the reign of Claudius II. Believing that soldiers would be more effective if they were single, he outlawed marriage. St. Valentine disagreed and secretly performed marriages. He was imprisoned and sentenced to death, becoming a religious martyr. In the year 496, Pope Gelasius made February 14 a celebration in his honor.
According to one legend, Valentine himself wrote the first Valentine card. Apparently, he fell in love with his jailer’s daughter and sent her a letter, signing it, “from your Valentine.”
There is nothing like a handwritten note to express your love, but today’s technology offers you a wide variety of convenient ways to convey your feelings. Online sites such as rattlebox.com (beware, there is music when you open their site) and paperlesspost.com (their website notes that “because of an influx of love” you might have trouble getting through to them today, so be persistent) offer ways to send cards ranging from sweet to seductive. Your local drugstore carries mass-produced valentines for everyone you might be connected to: spouse, children, uncles and aunts, cousins, work associates, grandparents, and more. Higher-end artsy cards in limited production can be found in high-end gift shops.
For those with less love in their heart for the entire Valentine’s Day experience, check out the anti-Valentine’s Day ecards at punchbowl.com.
I thought I had seen it all before a Facebook posting sent me to (WARNING: don’t click on the following link if you are offended by strong language) Calligraphuck. Their motto? Exquisite expletives. Boy, do they deliver, in the most elegant calligraphy, expressions of love I have never seen in print. Their blog is pretty cheeky, too. Based in London, they do ship to the United States – it may be too late for this year, but you may want to bookmark the site – there’s always next year.
As for me, well, I prefer a more conservative way of expressing my love for my dear husband. The photo featured in this post is a Pinterest pin that I made for our last anniversary, but it serves as a nice Valentine’s Day sentiment as well. It has proven to be pretty popular, with 150 repins, mostly from a board where you may find some inspiration for today: The Say It From The Heart group board.
And speaking of Pinterest, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I have added a new board on red weddings – you may find some inspiration there for a celebration of love any day of the year.
Here’s to love: the great adventure!