February 14th – Valentines Day…… everyone seems to have an opinion and OH MY LAWD are they so different.
As a young “under height” girl I hated it ! I never received anything while all my hot girlfriends oh and ah’d over their gifts. So Valentines Day absolutely sucks for so many.
Then as we get older (late teens early 20’s) you find yourself excited at the prospect of the day. You wait to see, if in fact, you might get something. ( Even though you tell all around you you know you wont get anything………)
Then there’s the time when you get something “HELL E LOO YA” and thank your partner…only to find out it wasn’t him who sent it (Of course it wasn’t, what was I thinking) and you never find out who it was.
And then there’s the “Do I buy myself something” crowd. Thankfully I have never done this but believe me I thought about it.
So love it or hate it it’s nearly here…….. FEBRUARY 14TH…………………. Don’t forget……….
And now some interesting facts about this very emotional day…..
Valentines Day is named after 2 (among many) early Christian martyrs named Valentine
The day became associated with romantic love in the high middle ages when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
There was a charter issued by Charles VI OF France in 1400 that describes lavish festivities including jousting, dancing and poetry competitions. The other thing that I find EXTREMELY funny is this is also where the attending ladies would hear and rule on disputes from lovers. I would have LOVED to be there for that. Who needs facebook to name and shame.
In the second half of the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to all manner of gifts. Traditionally roses and chocolates packed in red satin
Paper Valentines became popular in England in the early 19th Century and fancy cards with real lace and ribbons were introduced in the mid 1900’s. In the 1980’s the diamond industry began to promote Valentines Day as an occasion for giving jewellery. (something my current partner is still unaware of to this day….)
The US greeting card association estimates that approx. 190millions are sent each year in the US and the spend has increased from $108 a person in 2010 to $131 in 2013.
Clearly my partner missed that memo too !!!!!!!!
The rise of the internet at the turn of the millennium is now creating new traditions.
Millions of people now use digital means and ecards. An estimated 15 million e-valentines were sent in 2010 so you can imagine what that number is up to now.
So whoever you are and wherever you live have a wonderful Valentines Day.
And if you are going to go to the trouble of acknowledging this day, please forget the e-cards etc and send something heartfelt x