Valentines Day is celebrated around the world in many ways, but, where did Valentine’s Day come from anyways?
Valentine’s Day began as a Christian celebration in the 3rd century of Rome of one or more early saints Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for this holiday, for example, the story of the Saint Valentine of Rome. During this time, Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers, so he outlawed marriage for young men.
A young priest Valentine continued to perform marriages for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. When Claudius found out about this betrayal, Valentine was sentenced to death. An embellishment to this story states that Valentine fell in love with the jailer’s daughter who visited him in prison and before his execution, gave her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell, a phrase we still use to this day. It is said Valentine was executed on February 14th, and the holiday has existed since his sainthood.
This holiday became associated with romantic love especially in the time of Chaucer in the high Middle Ages when courtly love still flourished. It evolved into an occasion of expressing love with flowers, confections, and greeting cards or “valentines.” In Europe, St. Valentines Keys are given as a romantic symbol and invitation to “unlock the givers heart.”
In the tradition of Valentine’s we offer many floral gifts, but also unique cards, candies, gifts and more to express your love and affection to all those you love. Stop in the store or check out our website and order now!
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