Happy Valentine’s Day! For all of you who celebrate this day, I hope that you’re well prepared and have a chance to spend some special time with your special someone.
Wikipedia provides a quick history lesson for us on Valentine’s Day. It says:
“Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine, and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD. It was deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sendinggreeting cards (known as “valentines“). The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards. “
Top Ten Valentine’s Day Gifts
The top ten gifts given on Valentine’s Day include the basics, such as jewelry, flowers, and chocolates. If you’re looking to do something a little different, how about giving the gift of pampering to your loved one. After all, who wouldn’t love a bit of TLC on Valentine’s Day?