Well, 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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your preference for the NOOK or Kindle version.