Valentine’s Day

valentines-day1Well, it’s finally here–the day devoted to romance. Yup, it’s Valentine’s Day. And I’m a romantic, I believe in love. (Have you read my books?) After all, I found my real live prince (but I had to kiss a few frogs!). So, I enjoy the candy, flowers, etc. that defines Valentine’s Day. But did you know it had a rather gruesome beginning? The theory goes that the Roman Emperor Claudius II was trying to bolster his army, so he forbade young men to marry (apparently single men make better soldiers). In the spirit of love, St. Valentine defied the ban and performed secret marriages. For his disobedience, Valentine was executed on February 14.

In honor of the holiday, I thought I’d share a few little known Valentine’s Day facts:

  • In Victorian times, it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
  • About a billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. It’s the second largest seasonal card sending time behind Christmas.
  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They then pinned the name to their sleeve. This is the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.”
  • Men account for 73 percent of Valentine’s Day flower sales.
  • The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868. (I love Cadbury chocolate!)

And if you don’t have a Valentine? Don’t despair. There are 119 single men—never married, widowed or divorced—in their 20s for every 100 single women of the same age.

But if you’re single and happy that way, you can celebrate Singles Awareness Day on February 15th.

So, tell me about your Valentine’s Day–or Singles Awareness Day. What did you do to celebrate?

Winner!!

The winner of last week’s giveaway is Jenny W. Congratulations, Jenny! You can pick any one of my books or novellas and I’ll send you the ebook version. Please email me at cc@cchunterbooks.com with your preference for the NOOK or Kindle version.

5 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day

  1. My fiance made me dinner on Sunday because he is working tonight. I gave him a carrot cupcake with a heart on top. We aren’t doing much for holidays because our wedding is now less than 5 months away!

  2. I wonder… what would the Shadow Falls graduates do on Valentine’s Day? I imagine the following:

    Kylie and Lucas running around in the woods now that she has finally embraced her werewolf side. (that last book confirmed some of it)
    Della and Chase fly to a secret picnic spot, where they enjoy cookies, some fruits and a big bag of blood.
    Miranda and Perry go skinny dippin’ again.

    Derek takes Jenny to an arcade or a theme park, since she’s probably never been to one.
    Burnett and Holiday will be too busy tending to the children, but they will find lone time in the school.
    Shawn takes Lily out on a date, and this time he makes sure to bring her an enchanted necklace so that she won’t get shot (protection charm, literally), only for a basket ball to bounce off her straight into his face.
    Steve will meet someone at the academy he is attending for his medical career, and this one captures his attention more than Della did. (I was a little sad that he didn’t show up in the last book, I liked him..)

  3. As a single lady I celebrate Vodka Day lol! I usually get together and have drinks with a few of my single friends and sometimes we get each other flowers. It’s a nice alternative I think.

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