Happy Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day dates back to the 5th Century, but did not become the Valentine’s Day that we know today until the 1700’s. Valentine’s Day is also called St. Valentine’s Day and Feast of St. Valentine. There are so many mixed emotions over this holiday as it has become more commercialized over the years, and the truth is, it’s really about spending time with the one you love, not about how much money you spend. Many people get caught up in the high expectations of what the media has made us think it needs to be. There are so many ways to make it special and romantic without breaking the bank.
Need some last minute ideas? I have found some wonderful ideas online from Google and Pintrest:
- Movie at home – check out Netflix, Redbox or On Demand
- Coffee Date – go out to your favorite place or a new coffee bar
- Cooking Date – choose a recipe and make together
- Take out from a nice restaurant – enjoy at home with a nicely set table or while watching a movie
- Go out to dinner a different night – avoid crowds & increased prices
- Indoor Picnic – lay a blanket on the floor and enjoy some wine, cheese, mini sandwiches while listen to some music
- Play a game -at home or out; example is Dave & Buster’s or an Escape Room
- Star Gaze
- Make your own card to exchange to your Valentine
Fun Valentines Facts:
- Approximately 50 Million roses are given on Valentine’s Day around the world.
- There are approximately 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards exchanged every year in the U.S alone.
- Candy hearts are a staple to Valentine’s Day – approximately 8 billion are produced, which would be enough to stretch from Valentine, Arizona to Rome, Italy and back again.
- Cupid is the son of Venus. Venus is the god of beauty and love.
- Penicillin was introduced on February 14, 1929.
- Every Valentine’s Day, the Italian city of Verona receives approximately 1,000 letters that have been addressed to Juliet, as this is where the lovers Romeo and Juliet lived in Shakespeare’s play.
- The phrase, “to wear your heart on your sleeve” has a historical meaning! In the middle ages young people would draw a name from a bowl, the name they picked would be there Valentine and they would have to wear that name on their sleeve for one week.
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day and remember:
“All you need is Love. But a little Chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt” – Charles M. Schulz