The Season of Love ~ @oddlynn3 #PCers #LynnCrain

c455524_m February is commonly known as the season of love but there are some hidden gems when researching the actual day. Here are five facts about this very special day:

  • An estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making it the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.
  • The Catholic Church recognizes at least 3 different saints with the name Valentine.
  • Valentine’s Day originated as a Pagan Festival. Many believe that this day originated with the pagan celebration of Lupercalia, a fertility festival dedicated to the Roman god of agriculture, Faunus.
  • At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day to honor the Valentine that died or was buried in the middle of February A.D. 270. However, it wasn’t until the Middle Ages it became associated with love because of the commonly held belief in France and England that February 14 marked the state of the bird-mating season. And this just added to their notion of romance.
  • Valentine’s greetings have been popular since the Middle Ages, though the paper ones didn’t gain popularity until after 1400.

Valentine’s is really only celebrated in the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, France and Australia. The rest of the world is slowly following suit. People in the US started exchanging handmade cards in the 1700s. In the 1840s, the first mass-produced cards were made by Esther A. Howland, who became known as the “Mother of the Valentine.”

As a romance writer, I tend to look at c156651_mall the nuances of the day. Even with all these facts, it is certainly a holiday filled with love. If you’d like to read even more, here’s a couple of websites to help you on your search.’s_Day

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About Lynn Crain

Award winning author Lynn Crain has done it all in her life. From nursing to geology, her life experiences have added to her detail rich stories. She loves writing full time as she weaves contemporary, fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales, tame to erotic, for various publishers. Her home is in the desert southwest and she’s just returned from her latest adventure of living in Vienna, Austria while her husband worked his dream job. You can find her hanging out online at,, and on Twitter, @oddlynn3. She loves hearing from her readers at

6 Responses to The Season of Love ~ @oddlynn3 #PCers #LynnCrain

  1. Despite writing and reading a lot of romance, I’ve never been a mushy, romantic type of person. I prefer the spontaneous gesture to the expected. I think I’m kind of “down” on Valentine’s Day because it is so commercial. Still, those are a lot of cool facts!

    • Lynn Crain says:

      I know what you mean about not being a mushy type. I’m more mushy now that I’m older than when I was younger. And I agree on Valentine’s being over commercialized but then I think that about all the holidays.

      Thanks for stopping by, Lori.

  2. Marin says:

    I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day either, but I did enjoy your post. That’s a lot of cards! I wonder if Esther Howland would be pleased?

    • Lynn Crain says:

      I remember them really pushing it when I was in grade school in Ohio. I was always so disappointed. And yes, that is a lot of cards.

      And I wonder too what Esther would think now.

      Thanks for stopping by, Marin.

  3. erin o'quinn says:

    Being a romance writer, of course Valentine’s Day is special to me. I don’t think I’ve yet put it into one of my books, but one of these days …

    I love that heart graphic, and I stole the entire post for my wall. Happy writing! <3

    • Lynn Crain says:

      Yes, Valentine’s Day should be special to romance writers but it can be hard on one personally. And I know I haven’t put it in one of my books yet. Maybe I should do one where the heroine hates the holiday. LOL!

      Glad that you loved the post and graphic, Erin. Thanks for stopping by.

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