Where Did Valentine’s Day Begin?

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Today is Valentine’s Day, a day that we set apart from all others to do something special with that someone special in our life.

We should not stop with just that special someone though, we should also share a Valentine greeting with those who touch our lives in a special way each day.

I am going to make sure that each of my co-workers know how much I appreciate them and how they hold a special place in my life as well.

As an office we are giving out Valentines to those who come into our practice today to let them know that we appreciate their business and that they are special to us.

A box of Valentines costs a couple of dollars; what a small price to pay to let others know they are appreciated by you.

Don’t forget about the postman, FedEx man, or the clerk at the grocery store.  A Valentine surprise card will make their day.

I thought you might want to know a little Valentine Day History, I found it all very interesting as I had never looked up the origin of it before.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day everyone!

Typical Valentine’s Day Greetings

In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.
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 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

Valentines Day History

4 thoughts on “Where Did Valentine’s Day Begin?

  1. I’ve been acquainted with Esther for awhile now. Surprising, huh? My daughter attended the same college as Esther, so every year at this time they put out a story about her Valentine lore. She started making her Valentines while still a student. Hope yours was a memorable one. ~Paul

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