Valentine’s Day originated as a Roman festival called Lupercalia which celebrated fertility. Symbolizing the deity Faunus, protector of crops and herds; young men clad in goatskins would run around the city slapping people for good luck. I wish we could still do that! Those pagans had all the fun!
Later, Pope Gelasius II changed this holiday into a Christian feast day honoring St. Valentine in 496. St. Valentine was a priest who was put to death by Emperor Claudius II for performing marriages for Roman soldiers in secret. (Claudius had forbidden marriage as he thought bachelors made better soldiers.) Wow!
Valentine’s Day was linked to romance in the 14th century when Chaucer composed a poem in honor of the engagement of Richard II and Anne of Bohemia called “The Parliament of Fowls”, in which he compared their engagement to the rural English belief that lovebirds choose their mates on February 14th.
In the 1800’s, gift-giving on that day transformed into exchanging hand-made cards.
Which brings me to this post! Below are some examples of home-made cards and gifts to exchange this year using recycled material. Thanks to http://www.purlbee.com/ and http://www.marthastewart.com/ for these great ideas.
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