Friday, February 14, 2014
- 2nd Highest Card Sending Holiday. The greeting card association estimates that approximately one billion Valentine's are sent annually world-wide, making it the second highest card sending holiday, behind Christmas.
- Meaning of the Word Valentine. The name Valentine comes from the Latin word valor, meaning worthy.
- Name for Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day was named for two men, both Christian martyrs named Valentine who were associated with romantic love in the middle ages.
- Official Holiday. St. Valentine's Day was declared an official holiday in 1537 when England's King Henry VIII declared it for the first time.
- Unmarried Valentine's. In the Middle Ages, people believed that the first unmarried person of the opposite sex that they met on the morning of Valentine's Day was the person they were destined to marry.
- Valentine Celtic Wooden Spoons. The ancient Celtic tradition of giving hand carved wooden love spoons as Valentine's gifts began in Wales. Often, hearts, keys, and keyholes, symbolizing that the receiver unlocked the giver's heart, were carved as decoration on the spoon.
- Valentine Love Messages. Elaborate handmade love messages, cards and gifts for Valentine's Day became popular during the 17th century.
- Women Card Buyers. The greeting card association
estimates that 85% of all Valentine cards are purchased by women.
I love Valentine's Day and enjoy telling my loved ones how much they mean to me. Our family celebrates this holiday on the Sunday before Valentine's Day each year. We call it a "Love Feast." We exchange cards or small tokens of love and enjoy a delicious meal at the dining room table that's all decorated in red and white.
The greatest love we all have is from the creator of love, our Heavenly Father. God IS love. He gave us the best symbol of love when he sent his son to earth to live as a man and then die for our eternal salvation. Jesus' entire ministry on earth was devoted to acts of love and his greatest desire for us is to love Him and to love each other.
Someone cleverly created this special Valentine message.
Jesus wants us to be his Eternal Valentine!