By Tammy Trail
Valentine’s Day is just days away. Have you gotten your sweetheart a gift yet? I have done a bit of research on the history of Valentine’s Day. It is rooted in a pagan holiday that ensured fertility.
Roman Emperor, Claudius II ruled that young men in the Army were to remain unmarried. He felt that this would make single men more aggressive in the field of battle. The Emperor put a young cleric by the name of Valentine to death for secretly marrying young couples. Valentine was later made a Saint by Pope Gelasius and given the date of February 14th to celebrate Saint Valentine.
In the 13th Century, it was synonymous with love and romance because it was believed that this was the beginning of mating season for birds.
In the 15th Century, written valentines were given to sweethearts.
In the 17th Century, valentines were exchanged between those who were smitten with one another.
In 1840, the first mass-produced valentines appeared in the United States. Valentine’s Day is the second most popular card giving occasion. It is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, Italy, and Japan.
As a child, I remember my mother scouring the house for shoe boxes to be made into valentine mail boxes to decorate for my desk at school. There would be a party, of course, with lots of good treats. After school, you would open your box and read the paper gifts of admiration your classmates gave to you.
I have tried in years past to make my own valentines to give to family members and friends. Last year I made these for my grandsons.
I am already diligently looking for options for this year. You may find it just as rewarding to make your own as well. I find a great source of inspiration with Pinterest. What a treasure trove of ideas!
Whether you make your own, or buy a card for that special someone, I believe it’s a good holiday to celebrate. Who doesn’t like candy? And you will make mate, child, or friend feel important with a valentine that you especially picked out for them. You can never go wrong by making people feel loved and important.
For the writer, especially the romance writer, Valentine’s Day is a reminder of why we put words to paper. That boy meets girl stuff is what makes the story, especially when they lived happily ever after.
So, in keeping with that thought! Here is my valentine for all of you.
- Writing Prompt: Jessica expected a great big box of heart-shaped candy. What she found was……..?