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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