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History of Valentines Day Greeting Cards Part A

Posted by James Richards on 1/3/2017
Wholesaler or Retailer, we all make great sales out of St. Valentines Day. What comes into your mind when you think about Valentines Day?  Of course, Valentines Cards, flowers, chocolate, jewelry and dining for two?

But the history of Valentines Day
goes back 2000 years. Although the exact details are a little clouded by the ages, it appears that there truly was a man named Valentine who was a Bishop in the early Christian Church. Like many Christians of that time, he had been arrested and sentenced to death for refusing to worship the Emperor of Rome, who had declared himself a god. Now he languished in prison awaiting his execution for his "crime".

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While in prison he fell in love with the jailor's beautiful daughter, who returned his love. But it was a hopeless affair. Before he was let out to be executed, he wrote his sweetheart a final letter with his declaration of love, and signed it, “from your Valentine”. This is the same expression that today's lovers will sign their in their cards to each other.
When I met my wife, I wrote in my first Valentines Cards to her, "From your valentine", never realizing they were the same words written 2000 years earlier by the condemned saint.

In the Fifth century, the Pope officially declared that Valentine was a martyr and declared him a Saint in the Church . From that day on, February 14th was to be called “St Valentines Day.”

But there were some commercial changes ahead. Next week, I'll tell you about the interesting story of how Valentines Day developed over the last 200 years.

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