I have to say that Valentine’s Day is my most favorite time to give! Even for my children, we skip the Christmas card exchange and rather put our efforts and money into preparing cute and lovely goodies for their classmates. Since we launched our stationary greeting card line I’ve had a delightful time creating these simple and lovely kits this year.
Commercially, Valentine cards didn’t appear in Unites States until the 1800s, though handmade cards had been popular for some time. I have included some Valentines Day fun facts along this post that I found to be interesting, see which one catches your eye!
Valentine candy “conversation hearts” have a shelf life of five years
Red hearts are a ubiquitous Valentine symbol. Red is traditionally associated with the color of blood. At one time, people thought that the heart, which pumps blood, was the part of the body that felt love. In fact, when the Egyptians mummified their dead for burial, they removed every organ but the heart because they believed the heart was the only part of the body necessary for the trip through eternity.
The High Court of Love” was established in Paris, France, in 1400 and is the first known official celebration of Saint Valentine’s Day. Composed of 30 women, it dealt with love contracts, violence against women, and betrayals
Madame Royale, daughter of Henry the IV of France, loved Valentine’s Day so much that she named her palace “The Valentine.”
Groundhog Day was originally observed on February 14
For these Valentine’s Day cards I used stamps, twine, off-white cotton cardstock and a few caring phrases I found along the way or just came up with them as I crafted. Cards are 4.5 x 5.5 and kept the greeting short and sweet leaving lots of room for your own writings. I make these cards in kits of 10 but can also provide 1 of each design in 1 kit of 10
For more fun facts and references to the ones included here I recommend Random History Facts as a source of tons more.
Do you have a fun fact or curiosity about Valentines? I would love to know, care to share?