Love, Here Is My Heart…Right Here, On My Sleeve

Episode Air Date: February 13, 2015
something Recording Title: “Love, Here is My Heart”

Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year where even the most restrained of suitors demonstrate their affection, wearing their hearts on their sleeves, if you will. Hey, where does that saying come from, I wonder? (Excellent segue.) Some say it comes from medieval Valentine’s Day celebrations. A town’s young and available singles (sorry, maidens and bachelors) would draw names to select their Valentine, and would pin, or whatever the medieval equivalent of a pin was) to their sleeve, for all to see.

Think Hallmark invented the holiday? Blame Henry the VIII  who made it official in 1537, and the exchange of gifts began then. It’s the biggest day of the year for florists, accounting for about 1/3 of their annual business. And about 3% of Americans will buy Valentines gifts for…their pets. So… yeah.

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  1. Valentine’s Day Treats with Musicians of Ma’alwyck and Saint Rose Camerata | Hudson Sounds - February 13, 2015

    […] Valentine’s Day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children, in order to ward off Saint Valentine’s Malady.*  Apparently, it was King Henry VIII who made it “official” in 1537 to exchange Valentine’s gifts. ** […]

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