Each letter is a love letter. Do you still remember who you sent your first one to? The oldest one dates back to 1415 when Charles of Orléans locked inside the London Tower wrote a love letter to his wife, calling her my sweet Valentina. From that day Valentine were born: love cards with envelopes either decorated or embroidered with floral patterns which lovers started exchanging.
Over the years, the tradition of love cards has been associated with the exchange of chocolate boxes and flower bunches as well. Where do these traditions come from?
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Have you ever wondered why we give chocolate boxes on Valentine’s Day? In the past chocolate was a rather expensive food, in fact it was only consumed by certain social classes. Chocolate was also believed to cure love pains. Chocolate masters would work hard to achieve the best chocolate flavor and, thanks to their achievements, it was always more appreciated and consumed by high society members.
Around 1800 the classic heart shaped chocolate box was first created. This was not only a sweet present but a useful one since it could be reused to keep memories of the beloved person such as a lock of hair and the Valentines received.
Nowadays we keep buying these chocolate boxes and we’ve gone even further with self storage by keeping memories of our beloved one not just inside heart shaped boxes but also at real self storage units for rent.
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When did we start buying flowers for the day of love? The origin of this tradition dates back to an old story in which Saint Valentine had understood the power of flowers. One day he heard a couple arguing so he gave them a rose from his garden and suggested a peaceful ending to the argument.
What he did wasn’t seen as something unusual back then because everyone believed in the power of flowers and roses represented in fact a romantic love.
Today only a few flowers can be bought on Valentine’s Day for our beloved one. For example roses, but also tulips – one of the most romantic flowers to demonstrate trust to our beloved one. Orchids are also an elegant and beautiful flower. In Asia this flower represents a long lasting love which is able to get over all difficulties.
If you want to be rather original and creative though, this year don’t just buy a bunch of flowers, but fill up a storage unit in Ticino with petals.
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This Valentine’s Day give your love more room: give her a self storage for rent in Ticino. It’s the perfect occasion to keep your memories and make room for the future. Don’t forget to decorate it with flowers and to give her a Valentine along with the key.