It’s no secret around here that I love Valentine’s Day. I think people who are anti-VDay are crazy! How can you hate a day all about telling people you love them? Granted, I completely agree that we shouldn’t need one specific day of the year to do that–we should remember to do it on a regular basis. I just don’t understand how some people can expend so much energy in protest of a day that could be so awesome if they’d only adopt a more positive mindset.
I love Valentine’s Day.So, in honor of the day of love, I thought I’d share a post that I did last year in honor of VDay on my other website.
Did You Know:
– St. Valentine’s Day dates all the way back to 270 AD
– In the Middle Ages, young people would draw names to see who their valentine was. They would then pin the name to their sleeve and wear it there for a week.
– Red roses are correlated with love and Valentine’s Day because they were the supposed favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
– Valentine’s Day is only celebrated in 8 countries: Canada, Mexico, UK, Australia, Denmark, Italy, USA, and (of course) France.
– 19th Century doctors actually used to prescribe the eating of chocolate for patients who were sad, or melancholy.
– The first country where giving or sending paper valentine hearts or cards became immensely popular was in England, during the Victorian Era (which is also when/where Christmas cards came into fashion).
– Before the mass production of valentines became feasible and popular, people would spend money to buy expensive handmade valentines of real lace and ribbon.
“The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of Heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one spirit mix and mingle–
Why not I with thine?
See the mountains kiss high Heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea–
What are all these kissings worth
If thou kiss not me?”
Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Kisses are a better fate than wisdom?”
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
-Charles M. Schulz
“Who, being loved, is poor?”
“Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.”
“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we pair up with them and fall into mutual satisfying weirdness–and call it love–true love.”
Click HERE to read exactly why I love Valentine’s Day.