In ages past, young men and women across Europe would gather on Valentine’s Day to draw names from a bowl. After picking a Valentine at random, they would place their chosen name over their heart (or on their sleeve) and exchange gifts. Much has changed since ancient times. Luckily for us, we get to choose our sweetheart these days! But Valentine’s Day is about more than romance, greeting cards and ancient lore. It’s about family, friends, togetherness and love. The following are some fun facts and ideas on how to have the best Valentine’s Day yet!
Mama’s Fun Facts
Chocolate and flower sales skyrocket on Cupid’s Day. But that’s just the start. Here are a few more fun facts about Valentine’s day, past and present:
- Alexander Graham Bell applied for the telephone patent on Valentine’s Day 1876
- More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day each year.
- About 8 billion candy hearts will be produced this year; that’s enough candy to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona 20 times and back again.
- Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
Mama’s Gift Ideas
Sometimes the best gifts are the simplest ones. You don’t necessarily have to go out and buy jewelry or chocolate for your family, friends, or significant other. Here are a couple helpful websites with some unique gift ideas:
- Try Etsy. You can always find something unique here.
- Or check out Personal Creations for something customizable.
- Or if you’re feeling extra creative, here are 50 Do-It-Yourself projects to try.
Good Food Warms the Heart
It’s true for men AND women: The way to the heart is through the stomach. Make their favorite dish, or get a reservation at that restaurant they’ve been dying to go to. You can’t go wrong serving the one you care about with something warm and delicious.
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The Origins Of Valentine’s Day
Legend has it that a Christian doctor was imprisoned in pre-Christian Roman times for performing Christian weddings and preaching to non-Christians. He allegedly healed his jailer’s daughter as an act of compassion. Before his execution, he signed a farewell letter as “Your Valentine.” What was once largely a Christian tradition about compassion and love has certainly exploded into a pop-culture phenomenon!