With February right around the corner the month of romance and Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Every year, millions around the world celebrate the fourteenth day of the month by presenting their loved ones with cards and gifts as tokens of their love and affection. Although Valentine’s Day signifies a day to cherish the relationships with those we love, the origin of the holiday is not so sweet. Valentine’s Day is named after two different St. Valentines who were both martyred on February 14th of different years. So where did the tradition of sending “valentines” to loved ones come from? The tradition has no connection to the two saints but comes from the belief that the second week of February was when birds began to mate which suggest that lovers should exchange gifts around that time as well and it was King Henry VIII who declared February 14th the holiday Valentine’s Day in 1537.
Americans began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s and in the 1840s, Esther A. Howland created the first mass-produced valentine in America. Today, an estimated one billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year.
Make someone’s Valentine’s Day extra special this year with Conversation Heart Cyndi Bands. You can give a Conversation Heart inspired Cyndi Bands Hair Tie from our Valentine’s Day collection as a gift to your girlfriends, sisters, and classmates as a cute valentine to show your appreciation of their friendship. Not only are these Conversation Heart Cyndi Bands a fun valentine to receive, but unlike candy hearts that are soon forgotten, your friends will be able to wear their gentle no-crease hair ties day after day.