In the United Kingdom it is common on St Valentine’s Day to send a Valentine card to someone you are interested in.
It is also traditional to only sign the card, as St Valentine did, ‘from your Valentine’ and keep your identity secret. This seems to defeat the purpose of getting to be with someone you like but it is fun to guess who sent you a card. It could also be a bit sad if you received no cards at all. Some parents would prepare a card to leave on the mat if the postman didn’t bring one, thus avoiding disappointment.
The cards often have traditional rhymes inside such as these:
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
And so are you.
I love you today
As I have from the start,
And I’ll love you forever
With all of my heart.
Here’s a special letter
Just addressed to you
It says ‘You are my Valentine.’
And I hope I am yours too.
Often the envelopes were sealed with acronyms that hid a secret love message. Some of these are:
Can you guess what these represent?
Sealed With A Loving Kiss.
Hope Our Love Lasts And Never Dies.
I Trust And Love You.
Friendship Remains And Never Can End.
Better On Lips Than On Paper. Usually this is accompanied by ‘X’.
Now St Valentine’s Day is a commercial bonanza for card makers, florists and chocolate manufacturers. It can be a time when you can feel more alone if you don’t have a special someone. However anti-St Valentine’s parties are becoming more popular to celebrate being single. Because these days we can chose if or when to marry and women can support themselves without having to find a husband. Isn’t it good to have choices?
Happy St Valentine’s Day!