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Very first Valentine’s Day was like The Bachelorette

Very first Valentine’s Day was like The Bachelorette
If you’re single this year for Valentine’s Day, ditch the cheesy rom-coms where everyone falls in love, and join the birds in Chaucer's Parliament of Fowls poem as they hilariously navigate the complexities of love, courtship, and singlehood. Literature's earliest depiction of Valentine's Day is absurdly similar to The Bachelorette TV show except the bachelorette decides to stay single! Grab your favorite beverage and a copy of the poem (it’s a long one!), and let’s break down the masterful wit of Geoffrey Chaucer... Continue reading

How to show love on Valentine’s Day for less than $1.00

How to show love on Valentine’s Day for less than $1.00
Sometimes people will say that Valentine’s Day was created by greeting card companies just to make money. But the first mention of Valentine’s Day was actually in one of Geoffrey Chaucer’s poems from the 1380’s—over 500 years before Hallmark existed. In fact, way before manufactured cards and boxes of chocolate, people exchanged poems, love letters, and handmade cards for virtually no money at all. Read how to show your love on Valentine's Day for less than $1.00. Continue reading
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