Next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, a day of love and romance. Can you guess what the gift of choice will be this Valentine’s Day? If you guessed flowers, you’d be right, coming in first place at 1.9 billion. In second place, for a measly 1.7 billion is candy! That’s right and I’d bet most of those edible delights would be chocolate. While 38 % of us will go out to dinner, 20% will receive jewelry and 1.1 billion will be spent on greeting cards.
The Valentine Card first came about in the 1500’s and by the 1700’s people began sending lace and paper flowered cards to each other on printed cards.
But the first American Valentine’s card didn’t hit our shores until 1849 when Ester Howland of Massachusetts designed 12 beautiful cards made by hand and gave them to her brother who was a salesman. She was hoping to make a small profit of $200.OO by selling her cards and to her great surprise, her brother came back to her with orders for $5,000 worth of cards.
And Ester found herself in business. Her valentines made her famous throughout the United States and she became known as the “The Mother of the American Valentine.” She is also credited with developing the first “lift up” valentine and another design of layering lace and a three dimensional accordion effect where a bouquet of flowers can be moved by a pull down string to reveal a verse. That concept is still used today.
Ester continued making her valentine cards for the next thirty years. She sold her business in 1880 to George Whitney in order to care for her ill father.
Valentine cards have surely gone through a progression of change. Friends, family, lovers, husbands, wives and even children indulge. It’s a fun heart-filled day to enjoy and appreciate the ones we love. These days hubby and I go out to dinner to celebrate the day. Do you have a favorite way to celebrate? Candy? Cards? Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions? Today I’m giving away 5 sweet reading treats– my back list EBOOK of The Billionaire’s Daddy Test to 5 lucky bloggers!. (check later tonight for a list of giveaway winners)
Wishing you a very happy sweethearts day and please keep reading as I have two new events to share with you!
Yay! Taming the Texas Cowboy is available for pre-order:
After a disaster destroyed nearly everything Maddie Brooks owned, Trey Walker offered the petite redhead shelter at 2 Hope Ranch. A veterinarian, Maddie was smart, sexy, and good with animals… Impossible to resist, yet Trey is convinced he is cursed when it comes to women.
The temporary arrangement Maddie made with Trey was supposed to be strictly business. Easy, since Maddie had tried and failed to catch the handsome cowboy’s eye for a year. She thought she was so over him…until he kissed her.
Friends, if you’re in the southern California area, SAVE THE DATE, for this fun Reader Appreciation Day. Come sit at the table I’ll be sharing with the awesome Christy Jeffries and join the conversation, play Book Bingo where you can win GREAT prizes, enjoy sweet treats and simply have a wonderful afternoon. This is how it works: You buy a $5 ticket ahead of time to reserve your spot and pick the author you want to sit with for the event. It’s like an exclusive, backstage pass to Romancelandia. Then, you will get a $5 voucher for the onsite bookstore (so really, your ticket is FREE), fun tote bags with FREE swag (Christy and I are giving away a GIRLS NIGHT IN gift bag to our readers) and books, plus a FREE raffle ticket for some amazing gift baskets. Did you catch the “free” part? It’s a Win Win for readers! To purchase your ticket go to: TICKETLEAP