I think I'm the queen of trivia....really, I like some of the fun stuff that either we don't know or forgot. Traditions I have carried on through the years include:
- When my children were little, on Valentine's Day, by their dinner plate would be a heart (probably See's Candy) with chocolate.
- I would also make sure they each - as well as hubby - would have a red "something." Usually for the guys it was a shirt, and for my daughter, a dress. My daughter continues this trend with her children. Fun memories for her and for me.
- Now, as a grandma, they usually receive a Valentine Card from us with some money...they like that part.
- Tonight, my husband and I will go to a Valentine's Dance - wearing RED!!!
What are some of your traditions?
Wikipedia reports the following about Valentine's Day.....
Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is an occasion celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the West, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines." Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The sending of Valentines was a fashion in nineteenth-century Great Britain, and, in 1847, Esther Howland developed a successful business in her Worcester, Massachusetts home with hand-made Valentine cards based on British models. The popularity of Valentine cards in 19th-century America was a harbinger of the future commercialization of holidays in the United States.
The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas. The association estimates that, in the US, men spend in average twice as much money as women.
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