Did you know that Valentine's Day was declared an official holiday in 1537, by King Henry VIII? The things you learn when you check the weather network! Some other Valentine's trivia I've discovered:
- Why February 14th? - It is believed that it was on Before dying, Valentine wrote a note for his love - the jailer's daughter, and he signed "From Your Valentine".
- Valentine's Day and its symbolism also has roots in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia on February 15th....Lupercalia was a festival of love & fertility that celebrated Juno, Around 496, the Pope renamed the festival Valentine's Day in honour of the beheaded priest and moved its date to from February 15th to 14th.
- In the Middle Ages, it was believed that birds chose their mates on Valentine's Day. To mimic this, men and women used to draw names from a bowl to see who their valentine would be, and would wear the person's name on a band on their sleeve for a week - hence the expression
- Some used to believe that if a woman saw a robin-flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor and if she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a very rich person.
And on another note.... let's switch gears here: What are you planning tonight? If you didn't get a chance to make the PB & chocolate cake, you can still have a special dessert - anything red... think of:
- strawberries dipped in melted chocolate
- vanilla ice cream topped with raspberry jam (heat it in the microwave for a bit to make it a little runnier)
- hot chocolate screams V-Day, especially if you put a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream in it and sprinkle with red sugar bits
- make a box cake in an 8X8 square pan, and cut it into a heart (one corner will be the tip of the heart, round the two sides opposite said point and ice it!).
- Breakfast for supper is always fun and easy to manipulate: heart shaped pancakes; a breaded egg (use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make the hole). Or try anything with ketchup - hot dogs & fries; meatloaf, etc. Or a cream soup - you can trace a heart into it with sour cream or balsamic vinegar....
- Bring out everything red you have to set the table - tablecloth, place mat, cutlery, dishes, napkins. If you don't have red tableware, use a red sheet or blanket. Put a red doily on the plate as a charger. Tie the cutlery in a red bow.
- Cut red hearts out of construction paper and scatter them on the table. Hang them from the light fixture, chandelier or in the kitchen window. Make a heart trail down the hall. Put one on the toilet seat for a laugh. Go crazy, baby!
- Watch Charlie Brown valentine special when it comes on...or rent it.
- How about Valentines colouring sheets for some after-homework fun? Coloringpage.net has online and printable versions.
- If you have crafty kids or are home with the younger ones: check out Kaboose for Valentine's Craft ideas.
- Pair up with your DH and face off with the kids in the online Valentine's Trivia Quiz!
- Tell your kids your story - after all, they exist "all because two people fell in love" ;-)
Most importantly: you're grateful for those you love and who are dear to you - so let them know!