Less than one month to go until Valentine’s Day! Are you looking to make an impression?
So, Who was St Valentine
History describes Valentine as a priest who was beheaded by Emperor Claudius II for helping Christian couples wed after emperor had banned marriage as he thought single men made better soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair so he celebrated marriages in secret. When the emperor found out he was thrown in jail and sentenced to death.
And how did Valentine’s Day begin?
Valentine’s Day is an old tradition thought to have originated from a Roman Festival.
Originally held on February 15 as a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture. During the celebrations boys would draw names of girls from a box and the pair would be partners during the festival. At the end of the 5th century it was Pope Gelasius who declared the 14th February as Valentine’s Day.
Geoffrey Chaucer of The Canterbury Tales fame may have actually been behind Valentine’s Day. The medieval English poet played with history when he would drop his poetic characters into real-life historical events leaving readers wondering if that’s what really happened. There is no actual record of Valentine’s Day before Chaucer’s poem in 1375 and the poem refers to February 14 as the day of birds coming together to find a mate. So maybe he invented Valentine’s Day as we now know it?
It wasn’t until the 18th century that Valentine’s Day took off in England. Lovers began to send trinkets, cards and flowers. Now about a billion cards are sold every year and it’s the second biggest card sending time of the whole year.
They say the way to a mans heart is through his stomach! Probably true of most women too?
Instead of sending a card why not send a cookie?
I have been working on Valentine’s Day gifts that go straight to your lover’s tummy!
Individual heart shaped cookies that say I love You make the perfect gift, a small token of affection, affordable, edible and delicious. You can see these over on Cookie Doodle Doo Facebook or Etsy pages with more besides.
Hope you get a Valentine’s Day Card or gift. ❤️