Valentine’s Day gets a lot of flack for being an over the top, consumer driven, sappy mess. But we shouldn’t be so cynical, there’s a lot of history behind this day of celebrating love.
St Valentine’s Day was named for a martyred saint in the third century. There were actually a few saints with the name Valentine that died on February 14th, but the most popular story is of the martyr that was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers forbidden to marry. There are also some that like to draw a connection between Valentine’s Day and an ancient Roman fertility festival – Lupercalia – that would also occur in the middle of February. But that ancient festival was about sacrifice, not romance. Romance wasn’t associated with Valentine’s Day until the 14th century, when a poet – most likely Chaucer – wrote about birds mating on Valentine’s Day. Letters and poems were exchanged between lovers over the years until the practice became so popular that printers started producing ‘mechanical valentine’s', and in the 19th century they were created in factories. It goes without saying that with the introduction of the mass produced card, fewer and fewer personally hand written valentines filled with poems and love notes were exchanged.
So with that in mind, we have a great suggestion for how you can win some extra points this Valentine’s Day! Skip the canned cards and pick up a blank card instead, or a piece of nice note paper, and write out your own poem or sweet note of love for your spouse, your lover, or your very best friends. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a poet. It matters more that you took the time and put forth the thought, than how fancy your words are.
And don’t forget the chocolate. Endearing and clumsily written love notes are always best accompanied by chocolate. Specifically Newget. To help you out, we’re throwing two specials on our online store for the whole month of February.
Special 1: Four bars for the price of three. Promo code – BARSPECIAL
*If you select three of the same bar, an extra one will be automatically added to your cart. If you mix and match four different bars, you’ll need to input the promo code at the Order Confirmation stage.
Special 2: 10% off your whole order. Promo code – LOVENEWGET
Our online store is easy to find: http://newget.mybigcommerce.com/
Now you can get sweet treats for all the fabulous loves in your life, and not even have to leave the comfort of your home. We can even ship your gift directly to your intended recipient, with a note or without a note for an added Secret Admirer mystery..
Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day, The Newget Kompany wishes you much love and friendship! You’ll always be The Newget Kompany’s favourite valentine!