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Posted on February 1, 2019 by Christine Crosby in grandbaby, Valentine's Day

Make Your GRANDbaby A Special Valentine

Make a picture of your GRANDbaby into a Special Valentine Picture

To help you celebrate Valentine’s day, we have a special gift for you!  grandbabyJust send us a photo of you with your grandbaby or grandchildren and we’ll  create a Valentine’s Day design suitable for a social media post that you can share on your social media page, share with family or just have for your own enjoyment.

All you have to do is

  1.  Be a registered user of GRAND Magazine – Click here and sign on if not already www.ReadGrand.com

  2.  Send a jpg image of you and your grandbaby or grandkid(s) to editor@grandmagazine.com

We will create a Valentine’s Day design template and email back to you.


History of Valentine’s Day

Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.


The Legend of St. Valentine

grandbaby The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

Did you know? Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

According to the History Channel, Chaucer may have invented Valentine’s Day.

grandbabyThe medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer often took liberties with history, placing his poetic characters into fictitious historical contexts that he represented as real. No record exists of romantic celebrations on Valentine’s Day prior to a poem Chaucer wrote around 1375. In his work “Parliament of Foules,” he links a tradition of courtly love with the celebration of St. Valentine’s feast day–an association that didn’t exist until after his poem received widespread attention. The poem refers to February 14 as the day birds (and humans) come together to find a mate. When Chaucer wrote, “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day / Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate,” he may have invented the holiday we know today.  Read more


When it comes to love, there’s nothing to compare when it comes to the love we have for our grandchildren.

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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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