Saturday, February 14, 2015

{Vintage} Valentine Greetings


Few days on the calendar can polarize a couple the way that Valentine's Day can.  If they both feel the same about the day and how to celebrate it, great!  Lucky lovers, them.  But if one loves all things V-day while the other prefers to behave as if it is just like any other day, not so good. 



I conducted an informal survey earlier (as in I read posts on Facebook), and discovered that many of the people who oppose the holiday do so because of the whole ~ this holiday is greeting card industry created, I don't need them to tell me how and when to show my love ~ thing.

 
While I have heard this argument many times, and understand the premise, something in my brain was reminding me that this is not exactly true.  It's true that greeting card companies, florists, candy makers and the like have jumped on the Valentine's Day as the day to express your romantic love bandwagon, but they are not what gave February 14 it's designation as the day for lovers.
 


After hours of extensive research (just kidding; five minutes on Wikipedia), I've learned that "St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early saints named Valentinus".  Further "the day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished".

 
In the late 18th century a limited number of valentines began to be produced, and by the early 19th century in England paper valentines became so popular that they began to be assembled in factories.  The United States saw the first mass production of valentines in 1847.  While this was a sign of the further commercialization of holidays to come, Valentine's Day was not a creation of the greetings cards business;  they expanded from creating greetings that acknowledged life events into holidays as a result of a widespread desire for all things hearts, flowers, and cupids covered in lace and contained in an envelope. 


The good news is that if I have convinced you that Valentine's Day is, after all, a day worth celebrating, it's not too late!  You're welcome.  While I strongly discourage the idea of going out to eat (unless you want to spend far too much time waiting for a table at any place that isn't booked until closing), you can find every single thing you need to create a romantic celebration at your local grocery store.  Though if yours does not also sell wine, and you partake, a second stop to pick up a lovely bottle of champagne is a great idea.  I suggest Rose'; sparkling pink bubbles in a glass are quite festive! 

(because, Liz.)
 
 
No matter how you decide to spend it, I wish you a beautiful day filled with love.
 
xo, Anita