Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

A small acknowledgement for a loved one or intended, sending greetings remains a heart-warming and lovely tradition. Have you sent your Valentine wishes today?

During the mid-1800s in the US, sending Valentine cards was the fashion. The small remembrance could be as costly or as simple as the sender wished or could afford. Amazing editorial accounts dismiss the holiday as a fad and call the sums of $100 per handmade greeting cards outrageous.

By the 1870s Valentines were mass produced and a growing tradition with love blooming with the expansion of the West and rebuilding of America after the war. With a profound awareness of the immediacy of love, the general population grew kinder towards those they held dear.

Handmade Valentines with real lace, painted scenes and hand-written text were popular at the turn of the 20th century. The time enhanced times are among historical archives featuring the positive aspects of the early century.

Contemporary card dealers and hand-craft workshops are found today across the country for the next generation to learn about card-making, tatting and the creative side to this otherwise consumer generated holiday.

Staying true to the spirit of the day remains the essence of theme: Romantic Love is to be enjoyed by participation in all the silly little traditions that makes life just a bit more pleasant. Hand your girl a flower from the bush outside the door or buy her the most expensive flowers in the florist shop, if she smiles that’s what it’s all about.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

More information & thanks for the public domain photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine's_Day

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