Chocolates and Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a celebration of Saint Valentine.

There was a priest who lived during the Roman times who directly defied an outlaw of young marriage; a decree made so that young men could be more focused soldiers. When his refusal to follow the decree was discovered he was imprisoned and sentenced. There, he fell in love with the blind daughter of his jailer. Her vision was restored through their love and his final act before his sentence was ended was to write her a love letter signed: "Your Valentine."

The date of Valentine's Day was determined by the Lupercalia Festival of the Romans which took place during mid-February. The Church replaced the festival's activities with gift giving and sentiments of love. Naturally, when the existence of chocolate was uncovered, it quickly became a sought after gift because it was valuable, delightful, and an indulgent luxury. The heart shaped boxes came much later, but the sentiment has always remained the same.

Other popular gifts include roses, jewelry, conversation hearts, and stuffed animals.