Whether you’ve got a boo at home or still searching for your “Greatest Love of All”, (R.I.P. Whitney) Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show the ones you love a little extra… love.

The kiddies and I are working on a super dope Valentine’s Day card for their dad, (AKA my Valentine) and I’m hoping that that hidden package in the trunk of the car is a big fat diamond ring.

So where and when did this romantic holiday actually begin? There are tons of theories surrounding the true origin of Valentine’s Day. My favorite one dates back to the era of the Roman Empire.

During this particular time Claudius II was the reigning king. Unfortunately, he was a huge hater who felt that if he couldn’t get any lovin’, no one else could either. He proclaimed that no man could get married during wartime because, according to him, single men made better soldiers. (I suppose he had a point. Not getting any would make any man extra aggressive.)

A true romantic, Bishop Valentine went against nasty old Claudius’ wishes and performed secret wedding ceremonies. Unfortunately he was found out, jailed, and subsequently executed by order of the Emperor on February 14th. While in jail awaiting his fate, he wrote the jailer’s daughter a love letter signing it, “From your Valentine“.


Below are more Valentine’s Day facts that will surely have you in the mood for love.

More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day...
That amounts to a lot of pimples.
I guess whoever said that Valentine's Day is a "woman's holiday" is right. On average, men shell out about $130 each on candy, cards, jewelry, flowers, and dates. (Why didn't I ever date these men?) That's more than double what women commit to spending.
You know that "X" symbol in "XOXO"? It's believed that it became synonymous with the kiss during medieval times. People who were unable to write their names signed in front of a witness with an "X" and then kissed it to show their sincerity.
In order of popularity, Valentine's Day cards are given to teachers, children, mothers, wives, lovers, and then pets. I wonder where divorce attorneys fall on that list?
The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet lived, gets around 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day... Weird.


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  3. klpmiller
    February 15, 2014 at 9:56 am — Reply

    I saw in the comments that you didn't get the diamond ring 🙁 maybe next year, right? Thanks for the interesting history lesson behind the holiday!

    • February 15, 2014 at 5:42 pm — Reply

      No worries on the diamond ring. I'm not due for an upgrade for a couple more years. (I'll start dropping hints around our 5 year anniversary. lol!) Thank you, and thanks for stopping by!

  4. Kathleen
    February 14, 2014 at 2:18 pm — Reply

    Super interesting information. I always write xo on things, but I know how to write my name. 🙂 I love that version of Romeo and Juliet. Did you get that big, fat diamond ring? xo #SITSBlogging

    • February 15, 2014 at 5:13 am — Reply

      Interesting facts right?! And no – no big fat diamond ring this year. Maybe next year. lol.
      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  5. Kat Ryan
    February 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm — Reply

    Love these! What a great smile. I am a huge Shakespeare fan, yet had no idea that you could write to Juliet. I never understood why people think this is such a great romance, I think it is a huge tragedy. But this a whole other topic. Thanks for the post

    • February 13, 2014 at 7:10 pm — Reply

      lol. Kat, you're so right. It's a depressing story, but people seem to be drawn to that sort of thing. Craziness. Thanks for stopping by and reading! 🙂

  6. JulieJordanScott2
    February 13, 2014 at 6:42 pm — Reply

    I have always been one for trivia so these made me smile extra wide. Considering my big romantic moment planned for tomorrow is an appointment to my dermatologist so he will tell me I'm fine, no need for any more skin cancer biopsies, stuff like this reminds me the world goes on! Happy Happy day and thanks for all you do. I read through some of your fun Mommying stuff, too. Delightful!

    • February 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm — Reply

      Hey Julie! Getting a clean bill of health would be an awesome Valentine's gift! Think of it that way. lol. Thanks so much for the kind words, and I appreciate you stopping by! 🙂 P.S. Good luck tomorrow 🙂

  7. Katie
    February 13, 2014 at 7:13 am — Reply

    I love finding out the origins of holidays, traditions, and even words! Thanks for sharing that! It makes me feel like V-day is a little more legit and not so much of a marketing ploy! Very cool!

    Stopping by from SITS comment love! 🙂

    • February 13, 2014 at 7:24 am — Reply

      The history is neat isn't it?! V-day is still a bit of a marketing ploy, but it's cool to know that it has a deep rooted history. lol. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  8. February 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    This was so interesting to read! I never really knew the history behind Valentine's Day. You've inspired me to do a little research and share it with the children this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

    • February 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm — Reply

      Isn't it cool? I had fun doing this piece learning about the holiday. I'm sure your kiddies will get a kick out of it. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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