Over the years, Valentine's Day has become one of the most commercial days of the year in North America and other parts of the world.
Do you know the story of how Valentine's Day began?
According to Wikipedia:
- It originated as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus
- There are numerous martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14, including a written account of Saint Valentine of Rome's imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire.
- According to legend, Saint Valentine restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge, and he wrote her a letter signed "From Your Valentine" as a farewell before his execution.
- The Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of the Christian martyr, Saint Valentine of Rome, who died on that date in AD 269.
In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines.") Valentine's Day symbols still used used today include the heart-shaped items and the winged cupid.
I personally love VINTAGE Valentine's Day cards. Here is a card from my private collection, postmarked Feb 14, 1902.
(Source: From the collection of Peppermint-twist-vintage.com - author unknown)
When I think if Valentine's day, two things are ingrained in my mind, to be given as gifts: Flowers, in particular roses, and chocolates. This has been promoted for decades.
1950's FTD Floral Ad (Source: Yahoo images)
1943 Whitmore Chocolate Ad, reminding us that our loved one needs chocolates (Source: yahoo images)
Wilted Flowers after two weeks (Source google images)
A standard box of chocolates: plastic and cardboard, that ends up in the landfill sites. (Picture Source: wikipedia)
We aren't required to celebrate Valentine's Day. But my mother always did and I kept the tradition alive. You can thank a friend, mother, father, teacher, co-worker, family member, and NOT just a partner.
For the woman or young lady in your life, my favourite recommendation is a brooch.
Brooches can be worn in some many ways - on a hat, lapel, dress, jacket, scarf or as a hairclip, as seen in this collage I created below.
We have OVER 100 brooches to chose from. Here are some of my favourite, one-of a kind, brooches in stock now.
Examine our entire collection. Here is a just sample of items that we have. SAVE 15% off your order until February 14th
Most people love cameos, as do I. This is a great Cameo brooch collection.
I recommend jewelry sets including this gorgeous earring, necklace and bracelet set from Coro, circa 1950s.
This gorgeous pink, aurora borealis 1960s jewelry set is gorgeous also with a lovely brooch, earrings and wrap bracelet.
Also, earrings are very inexpensive. Here is a sample of a few great for St. Valentine's Day.
And these gorgeous white CORO earrings are so wonderful.
Skip the flowers and the chocolates and get purchase something more memorable and thoughtful...
For the man in your life, we have a few items including the following:
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