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Valentine’s Day Fun Facts:

Many folks believe the ‘X’ symbol became synonymous with the kiss during medieval times. People who couldn’t write their names signed in front of a witness with an ‘X.’ The ‘X’ was then kissed to show their sincerity.

Back in the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear this name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for all to see. Hence the expression, “wearing your heart on your sleeve!”

At about one billion sent annually, Valentine’s Day cards are the second largest amount of seasonal greeting cards sent in the United States; topped only by Christmas!

The oldest surviving love poem is written in a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians, the inventors of writing, around 3500 B.C. Quite Un-romantically, it was named Istanbul #2461 by the archeologists who discovered it.

Wearing your wedding ring on the fourth finger of the left hand dates back to ancient Egypt, where it was believed that the “love vein” ran from this finger straight to the heart.

A Frenchman by the name of Charles, Duke of Orleans is credited with writing the first Valentine. He was captured by the English during the battle of Agincourt in 1415. On Valentine’s Day he sent his wife a rhyming love letter from the tower of London, where he was imprisoned… and the rest is history!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our followers, however you choose to spend it. May it be filled with everything that you’re hoping for!