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Valentine’s Day: History, Gift Ideas, and More

Valentine’s Day: History, Gift Ideas, and More

Posted by Chappell's Florist on 29th Jan 2020

Valentine’s Day is a short two weeks away, so if you don’t yet have a gift and card for your loved one, then now is the time to act! Here at Chappell’s Florist in Burlington, it’s one of our favorite holidays of the year.

We’re always honored to be your florist of choice for wedding flowers, sympathy flowers, get-well flowers, funeral flowers, and more, but there’s nothing quite like the opportunity to send flowers on Valentine’s Day. This holiday is full of fun and love, so why not learn a bit more about the history behind it? Of course, our florist can’t resist sharing some gift ideas and information about roses with you as well! Keep reading to learn more and then order Valentine’s Day flowers from your florist in Burlington today.

History of and Quick Facts About Valentine’s Day

If asked about the origin of Valentine’s Day, you could probably recall St. Valentine being known for something — and not much else. Here’s a watered-down history lesson told in bite-sized bullet points:

  • St. Valentine may have been any of three different Catholic saints who were martyred. One legend maintains that Valentine, a Roman priest in the third century, continued to perform marriages in secret after Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young men because single men made better soldiers.
  • Some believe Valentine’s Day is on Feb. 15 to commemorate Valentine’s death or burial. Others, however, state that St. Valentine’s feast day was celebrated in February to “Christianize” Lupercalia, a pagan fertility festival.
  • Lupercalia was outlawed at the end of the fifth century when Pope Gelasius officially declared Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day. It didn’t, however, yet have a significant association with love.
  • The first mention of Valentine’s Day as a romantic celebration was in Chaucer’s 1375 poem “Parliament of Foules.” The first Valentine’s greeting was written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.
  • It is believed that Americans began exchanging valentines with loved ones in the early 1700s and that the first mass-produced valentines in the U.S. began in the 1840s.

Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Every Valentine’s Day, our florist gets excited about the possibilities for showing off your love for someone! Here are a few of our favorite ideas (including the option to send flowers, of course!):

  • Gift Basket - Who wouldn’t love a basket arriving full of chocolate, coffee, or other goodies? Our fruit and gourmet baskets may be just what you’re looking for.
  • Hobby Help - What’s your loved one’s favorite hobby? Get them a gift that will help in their hobby or commit to spending a day doing it with them.
  • House Plant - If you gift a house plant this Valentine’s Day, your loved one will get to think of you year-round when they see it.
  • Sentimental Plans - Put together a collage of your favorite pictures, recreate your first date, or write them an emotional letter to show how much you love them.
  • Flower Arrangements - Any self-respecting florist will recommend flower arrangements for Valentine’s Day! We have quite the selection for you to peruse.

Roses 101

If you’re interested in rose delivery for Valentine’s Day, then here are some helpful tips and tidbits of information from our florist:

  • Red roses: “I love you”
  • White roses: “I am the one for you”
  • Pink roses: “Thank you”
  • Yellow roses: “We’re such good friends”
  • Yellow roses with red tip: “I’m falling in love with you”
  • Red and white roses together: “We are a great match”
  • Rose delivery is the quintessential Valentine’s Day flower arrangement, but be sure to make it your own by customizing it in any way possible. Follow the list above to know what your colors mean, and consider choosing a fun number of roses. For example, you could choose a rose for every year you’ve been together (so, 14 roses if you’ve been together 14 years, etc.).

Order Valentine’s Day Flowers Today

For Valentine’s Day flowers in Burlington, you can count on Chappell’s Florist. Our florist has been busy at work designing and making the perfect flower arrangements to say, “I love you.” Order Valentine’s Day flowers from your local florist today!