Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine's Day Myths & Legends... Just For Fun!

Although there was a Christian bishop named Valentine, who was martyred on February 14 in A.D. 269, there is nothing in the story of his legend to account for the custom of choosing a sweetheart on the day of February 14th.

While in jail, as the story goes, he fell in love with his jailer's daughter, and wrote her a "love letter" and signed it "from your Valentine."

He was later canonized by the church, and became known as Saint Valentine.

Back in the times of Medieval England, people believed that birds mated at about this time, and farmers knew that “winter’s back breaks” by the middle of February.

1500s: Handmade valentines were customarily being sent from admirers to sweethearts.

1521: Spanish explorer Hernando Cortés tasted cacao, for the first time, loved it, and called it chocolatl because he had difficulty pronouncing its Aztec name, which was xocolatl.

By the early 1600s, it had become a popular custom to send handmade valentines to your sweetheart.

1800s: The first commercial valentine cards appeared. Cards were usually sent anonymously.

1822: An English official reported having to hire extra postal workers to handle the greatly increased volume of postal mail on the day of February 14.

1847: The first solid chocolate candy bar was made in England.

1848: Esther Howland of Worcester, Massachusetts, started selling high-quality valentine cards that became so popular that she became known as the Mother of the American Valentine.

1876: The first milk chocolate candy appeared.

1890s: The first confection-filled, heart-shape, ornately decorated boxes were created by English chocolatier Richard Cadbury.
For those who make homemade cards today, here's a free card verse you can use...

My love for you
Grows more each day
And today there's something
I'd like to say...
Thanks for being
My partner and friend
This Valentine card
I wanted to send.

Wherever we go
And whatever we do
I will always be
In love with you!

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