There are a few theories of how the original Valentine Day started and we do understand the holiday has Christian and Roman traditions (HISTORY.COM EDITORS 2009). Unfortunately, no one knows for sure. According to the History channel editors;
Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year (more cards are sent at Christmas). Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines (Historychanneleditors, 2019).
I found this interesting because I always thought Valentines day was a day men were giving gifts to women! Perhaps, I was unaware because whether I had a romantic relationship with someone or not. I made sure I had chocolates and gave my friends and loved ones gifts of chocolates as well.
So, let me get to why I chose to write a blog on Valentines Day. I used to get so caught up in the hoopla of having a partner on valentines day. It started all the way in kindergarten. I noticed when you get a bunch of cards with candy saying, be mine, your cute valentine etc. it meant I was loved by someone! During my childhood I grew up in a family that were not “I love you” kind of people. I was verbally, emotionally and sometimes physically abused and never noticed my parents celebrating Valentines Day. Come to think of it I do not remember them celebrating their wedding anniversary and they have been married for over 50 years! Oh wait, sorry; I got off topic. Anyway, for me Valentines was a day I could get a feeling that someone loved me. That someone cared about me and I was not alone in the world. Then, I went to middle school and highschool and Valentines became Valentines = Flowers, chocolate and sex! As you can see The Valentines holiday was very skewed for me. Later, in my adult life I realized that Valentines day does not have to be about having a romantic partner. It can be about sharing gifts of flowers, chocolates and hugs with the people who mean the most to you. So, that is how I have celebrated it for the last twenty something years. How will you celebrate your valentine's day? Email me and let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you find this blog useful and Namaste’
Oh, I almost forgot! Happy Valentines Day my friend.❤️
History.com Editors. (2009, December 22). History of Valentine's Day. Retrieved from https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day-2