Valentine's Day is around the corner. The history of the holiday is a bit unclear, but we know that Pope Gelasius I, circa year 496, dedicated February 14th to be St. Valetine's Day. There were, however, more than one St. Valentines during that time period and historians are unsure as to which saint is being celebrated. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were three saints by that name: one in Rome, another in Terni, and one about whom we have very little information. What's remarkable about the uncertainty is that it's been said that all three Valentines were martyred on February 14th.
By the 18th Century, the holiday had evolved and became known for gift-giving and exchanging handmade cards. This tradition didn't catch on in the United States until the late 19th Century, when someone recognized the untapped potential of producing and selling cards. Nowadays, the holiday is incredibly popular and is known for romance, chocolate, flowers, and of course – cards.
For this Valentine's Day, Hallmark, the largest producer of greeting cards in the United States, launched the 'Put Your Heart To Paper' campaign, which features stories of real-life couples and their stories of life, love, and togetherness. The clip below includes the tale of Hiram and Felicita, who've been married for 15 years.
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