Valentine’s Day is a day where we express our love for our lovers and children by presenting each other with gifts of flowers, confections and cards. This tradition began in England in the 18th Century, since then there are many other ways the we now celebrate this holiday. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for gifts, crafts and expressions for love.
Give love notes. Fill up your child’s door with hearts telling them everything you love about them. This is also a great idea for the special adult in your life, instead of hearts on the door, you could put the hearts on the bathroom mirror.
Make dinner special. The dinner can be as simple as chicken fingers, the table setting sets the mood and it is fun to involve the children to decorate the table for a festive meal. Light some candles, bring out the fancy glasses and cloth napkins, add some flowers, cut out some hearts and viola – special dinner!
Make a homemade card. Taking the time to make a Valentine for the loved ones in your life is not only fun to do, but a very special way to say “I Love You”.
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Here are a few fun facts about Saint Valentine’s Day.
- Pope Gelasius I of Rome declared Saint Valentine’s burial day as the Valentine’s Day, in 496 AD.
- While the custom of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts originated in the UK, Valentine’s Day still remains connected with various regional customs in England. In Norfolk England, a character called ‘Jack’ Valentine knocks on the rear door of houses leaving sweets and presents for children.
- In Slovenia, Saint Valentine or Zdravko was one of the saints of spring, the saint of good health and the patron of beekeepers and pilgrims. A proverb says that “Saint Valentine brings the keys of roots”. Plants and flowers start to grow on this day. It has been celebrated as the day when the first work in the vineyards and in the fields commences. It is also said that birds propose to each other or marry on that day
- In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
- About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That’s the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.