Valentine’s Day is on its way! While some reject the idea of a holiday for love and romance, Valentine’s Day has long been celebrated as a day to acknowledge love in all its forms.
Valentine’s Day Legend & Lore
Its roots lie in the legend of St. Valentine, who some stories say was a priest who secretly married soldiers who were sworn to remain single. Other tales suggest that Valentine is remembered for sending a note to his lover while imprisoned that he signed “from your Valentine.” There is also the connection to the Pagan festival of Lupercalia, which some believe was renamed in honor of St. Valentine to “Christianize” the celebration.
No matter what the truth is, people have been celebrating love and romance on February 14 since the Middle Ages, and the tradition is still going strong. There are approximately one billion cards mailed for Valentine’s Day, second only to Christmas. We’re not about to break with tradition, and do our part to keep romance alive today.
Valentines for Today
Who can forget trading valentines with classmates at school as youngsters, receiving flowers or chocolates from a young sweetheart or dressing up in your best for a Valentine’s Day dance? While traditional gestures of love are as welcome today as they were long ago, the ways to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day are limited only by your creativity and thoughtfulness. These days, a well-worded text or social media post can be the spark to help romance bloom. A few minutes on FaceTime can stoke the embers of love across great distances.
Of course, it’s important to remember that Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic love. Connecting with family and friends is just as special! If you’re still looking for a unique way to show how much you care, we’ve got a few ideas for you:
Tell Them You Love Them in Writing
Whether it’s hand delivered or mailed, a personal note or valentine is the most classic way to celebrate the day. Of course, you can always go old-fashioned with a love letter written on heavy stock sealed with wax – bonus points if you scent it with your perfume!
Speaking of scent, gifts that pleasure the nose are always the most memorable. They’re enduring because scents are remembered longer than almost any other memory, which is why food and perfume are classic gifts for your valentine.
All the Shiny Things
Naturally, there is nothing more memorable than a piece of jewelry to commemorate Valentine’s Day. Mind you, it doesn’t have to be expensive, just distinctive. The key is to know your valentine’s likes and her taste – practical, fancy, natural, whimsical. That will guide you to make the right selection, no matter your budget.
Hopefully, these ideas will inspire your plans for Valentine’s Day to make it special for everyone you love!