From Christmas reds to Valentine hearts, card season is far from ended. Now that you’ve put the old year behind you, there’s a new one for celebrating, and it’s time to make the next holiday – Valentine’s Day – into a DIY masterpiece!
Although named for a Christian saint, Valentine’s Day may have deeper roots in ancient Rome, where the annual celebration of Lupercalia took place on February 15th. After priests made an animal sacrifice in a secret cave, they used strips of hide from the sacrifice to touch women and crops in a ritual designed to ensure fertility. Legend has it that later in the day, young single women would place their names in an urn and the city’s bachelors would choose a name and be paired with that woman for a year; some pairings became marriages.
If you’re in a new pairing with flames to fan, maybe it’s time to snap that special selfie and sow seeds of future togetherness with an unforgettable image on one of our organic seed paper plantable cards. We’ll provide the red envelope (100% post-consumer waste with plant adhesive) that testifies to the passion inside!
Once Christianity took firm hold in Europe, the feast of Lupercalia was outlawed as “un-Christian,” and in the fifth century, the Pope declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day. Numerous different saints were named Valentine, some of them martyr heroes, and though it’s unclear which one bears responsibility for the holiday, the saintly stories focus on his romantic nature, resulting in Valentine (or should we say, a Valentine) becoming a popular patron of lovers.
The most sympathetic of the St. Valentine tales has him sending a greeting of his own to a young girl with whom he purportedly fell in love. When he signed his letter “From Your Valentine,” the saint unknowingly formulated a stock phrase that has endured through the ages.
Useful as they may be for grade-schoolers, however, stock phrases like “From Your Valentine” leave lots of room for creative improvement. Maybe your card is going out to the person who adopted a puppy from the same litter as yours. A picture of your pup with a unique message keeps the four-pawed siblings and their owners in touch.
Maybe it’s a special card for Mom and Dad. A picture of that old first-grade valentine you saved would be the perfect touch to say you remember. Once the seed card is planted in their garden, a loving reminder comes up in the spring!
Our super-sustainable (organic, non-GMO, heirloom seeds) plantable cards to mark this holiday let you forget the boxed set. Those you love will be thrilled that you took the time to personalize a picturesque greeting just for them, and the herbal bouquet that comes later will be the Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.
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