A Little History And Traditions Of Valentines Day

Dated: February 9 2014

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Valentines Day goes all the way back to Ancient Rome and the Early Christians and as an observance, Valentines Day goes back to the High Middle Ages.
Well, the day is really called St. Valentine's Day and was originally a Roman Catholic Feast Day commemorating the life of a particular St. Valentines, who, according to relatively unreliable information was martyred some where along the Via Flaminia, perhaps in the 3rd. Century AD. It is possible that there were three Saints with the same name as Valentine (tinus,tian) were very popular Latin names at the time. One story which has come down through the ages is that while "Valentine" was imprisoned for serving as a Christian Priest, he healed the jailors' daughter from blindness,  and fell madly in love with her. Before being taken away to be executed, he left her a note signed, "your Valentine".
However, none of this really mattered a hoot to the people of the Middle Ages. But when the printing presses started rolling in the 1400's, The Valentines Day story was printed again and again and distributed all over the place, again and again! Nobles and then commoners began exchanging "Your Valentine" notes on February 14th. And so a tradition was born and spread like a wildfire throughout Europe. And then even the Americans began exchanging handwritten Valentines notes in the early 1700's. Many people have made millions and millions of dollars out of this craze. Like, Esther A. Howland of Massachusetts-"the mother of the Valentine", fancy, beribboned and eventually made in her factory in the 1840's. Joyce Clyde Hall and his brother Rollie- created a little start-up named Hallmark Cards around 1915 and Irish born Richard Cadbury of Cadbury Chocolates offered their customers chocolates and candies in heart shaped boxes. The list and the evolution of Valentines Day goes on and on and it has become a huge money making business with over $18.6 Billion dollars worth of sales for that industry of Valentine's Day alone last year (2013). 
So now it is 2014 and it is time to show your love! There are so many stores to source locally for gifts that you need not end up at some crappy, cookie-cutter Mall. In Nyack; The Chocolatier for all things chocolate! Didier Dumas for all desserts delicious and treats to tempt everyone on your love list! The Little Flower Shop on Main Street for lovely and unusual flowers and arrangements. Gina Lisa for luscious loungerie  and dear little Lory Bird for all manner of gifts to please.  In Piermont; Ned Kelly and Company for wonderful (expensive) gifts and beautiful flowers, The Tappan Zee Thrift Shop for very inexpensive gifts and the Outside-In for beautiful hand made items . There are delicious restaurants everywhere, but always delish is Peter Kelly's The Freelancxe, Xaviers in Piermont, Restaurant X in Congers and X2O on the Hudson in Yonkers. Also the Red Hat in Tarrytown. Make your reservations NOW! Enjoy this February 14th !!                                        
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Kacy Coyle Dow

Growing up in Rockland County and being a 3rd generation realtor, it was important for me to continue the "Coyle & Coyle" family tradition of real estate. I understand the importance of professionali....

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