A Day of Romance:
During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season. Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.
Not only the United States celebrates Valentine’s Day, but Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia celebrate this romantic day, as well. For Great Britain, the middle of the 18th century was the true start of Valentine’s Day. It was very common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small gifts of affections or handmade notes and gifts. During the 19th century, handwritten cards were replaced by printed cards that were ready made and convenient. For the Americans, handmade cards started in the early 1700s, but by 1840, Ester Howland created and began selling printed Valentines’ that were known as the “Mother of the Valentine”. Today there are nearly 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards sold each year.
This year, let us combine your Valentine cards with a gift certificate from Two Ladies and a Mop, which will remind them that they are loved in more than one way- for who they are, and loved enough to be given a break and treated to not having to clean house.