Great Day of Love"
to Do on Our Valentine Page:
VALLONESWORLD.COM has looked back through the rich history
surrounding the holiday of hearts and flowers.
interesting historical facts and vintage symbols of the season that
we'd like to
share with you.
We also have lots of fun things to see and do.
History of Valentine's Day
- Who was
- Why do we
exchange Valentine greetings?
- How have
Valentine's changed through the years?
- What is
our favorite Valentine candy?
can you make your own conversation hearts?
out our Weather Station!
- Track the latest Winter Storm
- View our backyard web cam
||View our Valentine Photos
back throughout the season
add more photos of our holiday celebrations!
Valentine Radio Special:
"The Day of LOVE"
For Sound Radio ("WFSR") is LIVE on-the-air! Our radio
announcers, 7-year-olds Maranda and Samantha Vallone, will entertain
you with Valentine music and frivolity!
||Listen to the new Love Day Techno Mix here! |
Saint Valentine...When You Care to Send the Very Best
patron saint of love...good old Saint Valentine. So who was he, and
what does he have to do with chocolate hearts? Hmmm....For this
question, we did some research and found that there really was a St.
Valentine. In fact, there was more than one St. Valentine! No,
no....This is not like at Christmastime when you can find more than one
Santa. We all know those are really all Santa's helpers. There was
only one Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children. Catholics
around the world agree that Santa Claus is the incarnation of the one
and only Saint Nicholas. They don't all agree, however, on who Saint
Valentine was. Surprisingly, when we look back over the lists of
saints, we can find no less than three Saint Valentines! There is no
real evidence to point to which one was really the saint who inspired
the holiday. Each were minor saints, who didn't seem to have done
anything as awe-inspiring as sneaking toys and gifts into the homes of
poor children during the course of a winter's night. One St. Valentine
was a Catholic priest who was actually imprisoned for helping
"criminals" who had been sent to jail for confessing their faith in
public. This particular saint lived in Rome in the third century A.D.
and was said to have been corresponding to a caring woman outside of
the prison through letters. In some of the notes he penned to the
woman, he is said to have ended his letter by signing "Your
Valentine". This seems to be one explanation as to how the tradition
of exchanging "valentines" began. Saint Valentine met his demise by an
unfortunate means. He was publicly beaten and beheaded as a lesson to
others who may have been considering adopting and professing his
What's So Special About February 14th, Mr. Hallmark?
historians believe that this time of year was chosen to honor St.
Valentine because it is the time of year when "love blooms" in nature.
February 14th was believed to be the day that birds selected a mate.
This day was chosen to celebrate love and the courtship in the
fifteenth century, and possibly became associated with Saint Valentine
because of his good deeds and his tradition of sending his "Valentine
letters". The practice of sending letters eventually blossomed into
the tradition of creating wonderfully decorated letters that are to
this day still called "valentines". Before commercial printing presses
were in use, valentines were unique and highly ornate - decorated with
handmade lace, real flower petals, precious stones, and other
treasures. By the early 1900's, valentines could be purchased for the
giving - complete with a ready made verse professing one's love and
admiration for the receiver of the card. Soon, store-bought valentines
reflected the changing times and emotions of the twentieth century, and
now provide us with a historical time capsule of those times.
New Symbol of Love?
few folks taking the time to hand-decorate their valentines, modern
society finds a way to express it's creativity with sugar. Of
chocolates are a favorite to give on Valentine's Day. Sweets
been a medium for expressing one's love or gratitude.
Chocolate has always
been a prized gift. At one time in certain cultures,
chocolate was so
prized that it was even a form of currency! On Valentine's
chocolates are packed inside of a heart-shaped box that has itself
symbol of love and the holiday. The traditional lace,
flowers, gems, and
ribbons have adorned candy boxes sold by famous chocolate makers for
provide a keepsake symbolizing the love of the giver long after the
over. The style of decoration and materials used can often
to the era in which the box was made. Candy maker Necco
inside the box when they marketed the candy conversation heart in the
1900's. Small candy hearts with "sayings" stamped onto them
evolved from simpler conversation candies that had their message
the wrapper. Through the years, the candy messages have
changed with the
times, and humorously reflect pop culture through the
words like "Be Mine" and "Kiss Me" have modern equivalents
such as "Fax Me" and "Whatever!" New phrases are added
every year while older and outdated phrases are retired. The
Times and perceptions change. A popular verse from the 1920's
"You are Gay"......It's doubtful that the phrase would hold the same
sentiment today if presented to one's betrothed.
candy website and see how conversation hearts are
Make your own
conversation hearts at www.cryptogram.com/hearts
You Be My
Valentine's Day !