There is more to the day then chocolates and flowers- let’s learn something!

Valentine’s Day started as a religious day- Pope Gelasius deemed February 14 St. Valentine’s Day near 498 A.D.

During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.)

Today- nearly 150 million Valentine cards are exchanged each Feb. 14.

We should all write a note to someone special to us this Valentine’s Day.