It’s a holiday as sweet as heart shaped candy, a day when we all hope that that special someone will say “I luv u”. Yes, Valentines Day is known the world over as a day for couples to do something romantic for each other, as well as a perfect opportunity for prospective Don Juans to court that special someone, though it helps if they play guitar. There are all kinds of ways to celebrate Valentines Day (also referred to as V-Day if you’re really cool), many of which involve doilies and a lavender scent. Popular gift ideas for Valentines Day include flowers, candies, and chocolate; adventurous revelers have experimented with all manner of chocolate covering imaginable with wanton disregard for the cleanliness of those around them. But of all the V-day traditions, the most important is a well selected, heart-felt and perhaps heart shaped Valentines Day card. In addition to being less messy, it’s the perfect way to show you care.
Oddly enough, the history of Valentines Day traces back not to any romance but rather an unlikely bromance, between Roman emperor Claudius II and a Christian martyr named (of course) Valentine. As the story goes, Valentine raised so much hell as a Christian activist that he was brought before the emperor Claudius himself. Claudius was actually impressed with him, treating him as a friend and attempting to convert him to paganism. However, the honeymoon ended quickly as Valentine refused to convert and Claudius ordered him to be put to death. Valentine solemnly accepts his fate, but also finds time to cure the daughter of one of his prison guards of her blindness. While this story seems remarkably unromantic, it was alluded to in a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer as a day of great romantic celebrations and has been recognized as such ever since.
Of all the modern traditions for Valentines Day, giving a card to your significant other is considered one of the most important; failure to do so can lead to physical injury, or in some cases sleeping on the couch. For those Casanovas in training who are a little short on Valentines Day card ideas, there are plenty to choose from. Valentines Day Cards often have sayings or poems, or be funny or light-hearted. They generally feature fancy designs and elegant shades of red or lavender. For those willing to go the extra mile, there are artisan handmade Valentines Day cards, which may be even more impressive than that romantic dinner you had planned. But the important thing is that Valentines Day cards should always come from the heart – otherwise, they’re just too hard to stomach. So this Valentines Day, don’t forget to get your special someone a special card. It’s the only gift that is as fragrant as roses, as sweet as candy, and more romantic (and healthier) than the fanciest restaurant