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Who is this saint who got all these romantic cards, flowers and candy started all those years ago anyway?
Read the Legend of St Valentine!
"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 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards."
Which of these Valentine's Day traditions do you enjoy the most - candy, flowers or cards? How popular is the vintage following on this day?
A little more history on the St Valentine: "Many people in the English speaking world are not aware that our present celebration of Valentine's day and its relationship with romantic and erotic love is actually due to Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Parliament of Birds" also known with the older title "The Parli...
Chaucer is the first writer in literature to make a link between the martyr Valentine and marriage. He really "canonized" Valentine as the Patron Saint of Lovers! Here is a modern English translation of Chaucer's love poem."
I'm thinking that the ladies think ole' Valentine is a saint...but the men? Not so much! haha! No pressure. Just a total, full-on day to EXPRESS your LOVE! Be creative. Attentive. Give gifts. Buy mushy cards. Since the High Middle Ages...men have been subject to this dilemma. :)