The tradition of Valentine’s DayPosted by wrightinn_bob on February 13, 2014
Another February 14th rolls around this Friday at the 1899 Wright Inn Bed and Breakfast. For all you romantics, that means another Valentine’s Day to plan and prepare for.
The history of this day is obscure and clouded by various fanciful legends. It seems that around the 14th century, this Christian feast day became associated with love. In most instances, Chaucer is given credit with linking Saint Valentine’s Day with romance. In 1381, he wrote a poem to honor the engagement of England’s Richard II and Anne of Bohemia.
Over the centuries the holiday evolved. By the 18th century exchanging cards and gift giving became common in England; and around 1850 in the US the tradition of card giving became widespread when Esther Howland began to mass produce the cards.
Last weekend, Bob and I celebrated our Valentine’s Day a bit early at the Lake Lure Inn and Spa. The Inn was quiet and we got to know the staff from the guest side (for a change!!) We celebrate early so we can be here on Friday to welcome a full house of folks to celebrate their love.
Now we know about the folks (mostly men) who say, “Oh, it’s just a Hallmark holiday.” But the folks who are coming to stay here, have set aside a special time to honor their love, have nice romantic dinners and maybe even order flowers and chocolates.
So leave the cell phones, laptop, i-Pads at home and come honor your love the old-fashioned way. Take time out of your busy life to step back and fall in love all over again………….