According to Hallmark’s Corporate site, Valentine’s Day is the second-largest holiday for giving greetings cards. Approximately 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged industry-wide (not including packaged kids’ valentines for classroom exchanges). I’ll admit I’ve seen a lot of Valentine’s Day cards in my time!
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Although Valentine’s Day is one sweet holiday, there is a bit of history to it:
“According to Roman legend, during the third century, Valentinus was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs and sentenced to death. While jailed, Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer’s blind daughter. The night before he died, Valentinus wrote a farewell note to the girl, which he signed, “From Your Valentine.” His sentence was carried out the next day, Feb. 14, 269 A.D.
Hundreds of years later in fifth century Rome, people honored Juno, the pagan goddess of love and marriage, on Feb. 14. During the celebration, men would draw women’s names and court them for marriage.
Around 498 A.D., Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14 as St. Valentine’s Day to honor the martyr Valentinus and to end the pagan celebration.
In 1849, Esther Howland of Worcester, Mass., published the first American valentine.”
Isn’t that something? Flash forward in time; Hallmark first offered Valentine’s Day cards in 1913 and began producing them in 1916! They’ve been perfecting all of our Valentine’s Day gift giving desires ever since. Hallmark offers so many options for all of your gift giving needs … and they cover all of your special loved ones!
Look for their Pet Husky Techno Plush, Mickey & Minnie itty bittys®, Story of Us Card Keeper, Valentine’s Gift Bags and coordinating tissue, assorted Valentine’s Day cards including Kids, Signature and Paper Wonder! And so much more!
Look for my upcoming social shares for pictures of Hallmark product that you’ll love; as well as, a possible giveaway! For now I’ll leave you with this post.
P.S. I have a GIVEAWAY up on my Instagram page!
Lots of love, Jeannine!