Now that we are arming ourselves to find the perfect gift for our significant others, do we ever wonder who or what started this odyssey?  Back in the day, Valentine’s Day was characterized as a day of romance.

Today, caring, gratitude, and love are grouped together.  They may range from a simple handwritten note to flowers, chocolates, or to a fancy dinner.  Rather than being focused on only a love interest, valentines are routinely sent to a sibling, a teacher, a classmate, a policeman, or a good friend.  The idea is to take a moment to think of something special for someone special, and it does not necessarily have to have a cupid or heart on it.  Recipients will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

There are a number of Saints called Valentine who are honored on February 14.  Originally, the day became associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages in England. This may have followed on from the beginning-of-Spring festivals that were held all over Europe as winter came to an end.  The link between February 14 and St. Valentine has been attributed to a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1375.   In the poem Chaucer wrote, “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day”.   William Shakespeare followed suite, and soon, exchanging handmade cards and tokens became popular in England.

Gradually, the Valentine cards, as we know them, became the norm throughout the 19th century. During the industrial revolution, mechanization facilitated commercial printing.  This, combined with cheaper postage, helped foster the greeting card industry as we now know it.

With mass-produced cards, the commercial card industry began to grow, and by 1913, Hallmark Cards had entered the scene. Today, it is estimated that loved ones send approximately 145 million cards around the world every Valentine’s Day.

Flutter Shawls

Every Valentine’s Day, the Bee & Thistle endeavors to present a number of alternatives for the appropriate Valentines gift.  Our selections are apropos for any age, any budget.  Just to give you head start, we would like to show you a new version of a customer favorite.  These newly arrived flutter shawls, shown above, are quite appropriate for Valentine’s Day.  Come see for yourself.

 

 

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