Amore, Amour, любовь, die Liebe, 喜爱, 愛, meilė, kærlighed,zamiłowanie, 애정, dragoste, حُب, ást, mīlestība, kärlek

LOVE

Have you ever felt that certain feeling? The one that makes me feel so alive, and yet make you want to tear your heart out. The confusion, the sadness, gleeful moments, heart-splitting craziness…..

Someone is likely to explode with all of these feelings!

Yes my friends, I am talking about Love.

Seeing that Valentine’s Day is coming up, I would like to share this feeling with you. This tricky little devil can be amazing at one moment and a complete disaster the next.

The dictionary.com definition of love had a few versions:

-a profoundly tender passionate affection for another person

-a sexual passion or desire

-a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection

Is love a concept, feeling or action?

How do we find ourselves in love? What makes it so great?

Here’s a look on the Victorian Era of Valentine’s Day:

Credit to: http://www.literary-liaisons.com/article053.html

“Valentine’s Day reached its height of celebration in the Victorian Era.

Valentine cards were more cherished that Christmas cards (which weren’t printed commercially until 1846), perhaps because of the sentimentality attached to them.  Due to this popularity, designing cards became a highly competitive market, with a vast array of motifs and verses.  Suddenly, cards were being produced in tens of thousands, from whimsy and slightly vulgar, to truly sentimental, their designs included lace paper, embossed envelopes, glass or metal mirrors, ribbons, dried ferns and fake advertisements, bank notes and marriage licenses.

Valentine cards were so popular that their production became a flourishing trade amongst cheapjack printers in central London.  Commercially printed valentine cards quickly superseded home-made offerings of earlier times.  They reached the height of their popularity during the 1870s and 80s.  Yet even though they were mass-produced, they still featured birds with real feathers, posies of dried flowers and spun-glass hearts, all trimmed with ribbons and gold lace.

Some valentines were so thick with embellishments, they came in presentation boxes. Some unfolded like fans, while mechanical valentines had levers or disks which made figures dance, hands move and birds flutter their wings.

The lyrics in these cards were as effusive as the decorations.  Whether sent by a steady beau or a secret admirer, these cards were unabashedly sentimental, pleading for affection and pledging undying devotion happily ever after.  Even men kept these tokens of affection hidden in their bureau drawers.

But as times changed, so did customs.  And as less became more on the advent of World War I, valentine cards became a dying art.”

I could talk about Love all day long. It’s a feeling that can be shared, touched, cherished…the list can go on and on. Whether you prefer to share it with the whole world or keep it between a few significant others, Love is a feeling we can all relate to.

Poems, Songs, Verses, Plays, Movies, Memories…. you can find millions about the feeling of Love. There are all sorts of Love: Forbidden Love, Dying Love, Ever-lasting Love, Romantic Love, Puppy Love, Tough Love. Again, the list can go on and on.

Let’s remember what Love is like. Not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day! Show your friends and family how much you care for them~

Some Vintage Valentine Cards