The origins of Valentine’s Day dates back to 269 AD when persecuted Roman Priest St. Valentine, in the very permissive society in which he lived, stood up for the Christian values of ‘one man, one woman’, and the sanctity of marriage. Valentine was eventually imprisoned for performing marriage ceremonies contrary to the command of Emperor Claudius 2nd. The Valentine legend also says that St. Valentine prayed with, and healed a young blind woman. Apparently the last words Valentine wrote before his execution were in a letter to the young woman which he signed. . . .‘from your Valentine’.
Valentine customs have a documented history going back about 800 years. Norfolk customs date back to the late 1800’s when parson James Woodford was said to have given 1p to every child under 14 years of age if they remembered to say ‘Good Morrow Valentine’ on the right day. In Norfolk today the fun Valentine custom still known is that of ‘Jack Valentine’, secretly leaving gifts on doorsteps, knocking and running away!
As a nation Valentine’s Day is now most widely celebrated with the giving and receiving of flowers. A Dozen Red Roses, Flowers ‘n’ Chocolate Truffles, Rose and Chocolate Truffle Hamper with Teddy or a fabulous ‘Rustic’ Valentine. Although Red Roses are particularly symbolic meaning ‘Love with a Passion’ any flower is gratefully received on Valentine’s Day. A young woman’s heart will sink with disappointment if her Valentine’s day is not acknowledged. Flowers are a luxurious gift that any woman is always delighted to receive. The total unabashed acknowledgement of a man’s love for his woman is shown in no better way than the presentation of a beautifully put together bouquet - and receives more impact on giving that any other gift. The inclusion of a few of her favourite flowers such as scented freesias, lilies or perhaps gerbera shows particular care and consideration with a tremendously thoughtful gift. Flowers say ‘romance’, Valentine’s Day is all about ‘romance’, nothing says it more beautifully than flowers – and Luxury Chocolate Truffles are said to be a wonderful aphrodisiac! Happy Valentines Day.