Valentine’s Day

February 14, a day when it is traditional to send a card, often anonymously, to a person one is romantically involved with or attracted to.

Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.”

This Story of Valentine’s Day

St. Valentines DaySaint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a holiday observed on February 14th each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a holiday in most of them. The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

February 14th is the day to spread the love and exchange affectionate gifts to one another. Here is an article of how to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

1. Spend Quality Time with Loved One!

spend-quality-timeGo out to a nice restaurant or create a special dinner.

Cuddle with your significant other on a couch and watch a movie.

Try to avoid distractions, such as surfing the internet, chatting on the phone while around people, or deciding to do other things by yourself or with another group of people.

 

2. Make a Homemade Card for Someone!

make-homemade-card2The card will have more meaning to it if it’s created by you instead of buying a card from a store.

Use your own words to describe the person you’re giving it to.

Create a poem or a note of appreciation. Add a little “copyrighted” symbol on the back of the card for fun.

 

3. Candy & Chocolates!

candy-chocolates-sweetsYou can never go wrong with candies or chocolates!

Or make it even more special by making your own box of chocolates, truffles or candies!

 

 

 

4. A Rose by any Name…

express-through-roseExpress your words with a rose. While lavender (or purple) are seen more on first dates and secret “love at first sight” times, white roses are a tradition for weddings. Pink, orange, and yellow roses are viewed as admiration, excitement, and friendship respectively. The yellow and pink are very similar and can be used for the same events. Finally, the red rose, as the color expresses and emphasizes beauty and love. Red roses are traditionally exchanged by couples and people whom wish to express their feelings towards another.

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 Enjoy some Me Time!

enjoy-some-me-timeWho says that people need a companion for this one day of the year?

Treat yourself to a spa or a long bubble bath. Take a long drive and enjoy the scenery. If it’s too snowy or iced down, stay in and watch sports games or that romantic movie.

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Classic Movies to Watch this Valentine’s Day

From Rhett and Scarlett to Tony and Maria, these iconic couples laid the foundation for what it really means to fall in love. In case you need a reminder, watch one of these heartwarming old Hollywood moments.

Casablanca

casablancaThe salacious plot set our pulse racing: Two long-lost lovers reunite during World War II in Morocco.

Fate, the quintessential romantic force, strings them together when Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) walks into Rick Blaine’s (Humphrey Bogart) bar.

The rest is history.

 

An Affair to Remember

an-affair-to-rememberTerry (Deborah Kerr) and Nickie’s (Cary Grant) meeting at the Empire State Building is the ultimate testament to love’s endurance.

True love does exist, sometimes you just have to climb the highest tower in New York City to find it.

 

 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

breakfast-at-tiffanysSkeptics learned a love lesson from Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn)’s commitment-phoebe ways.

With his good looks and charm, Paul (George Peppard,) was determined knock some sense into her.

Also, never underestimate the power of Tabby cat.

The Shop Around the Corner

the-shop-around-the-cornerLove letters are the way to melt a woman’s heart. Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) and Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) learned this the hard way.

Naturally, love wins in the end as the one-time enemies discover their true feelings for each other.

If only all anonymous pen pal correspondences could unfold the same way.

Guys and Dolls

guys-and-dollsSergeant Sarah Brown (Jean Simmons)’s spell over Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando) plays out women’s bad boy fantasies.

They’re both harmful for each other’s reputations but, lucky for us, the chemistry is undeniable.

West Side Story

Despite being from opposite worlds, Maria (Natalie Wood) and Tony (Richard Beymer) couldn’t stop the sparks from igniting.

An updated version of Romeo and Juliet, this classic musical shows the power and excitement of forbidden love.

Singin’ in the Rain

singin-in-the-rainLove makes you do crazy things, like jump on lampposts in the pouring rain. Gene Kelly’s infamous scene keeps a smile on our faces.

A spoof of the turmoil that afflicted the movie industry in the late 1920s when movies went from silent to sound.

When two silent movie stars’, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, latest movie is made into a musical a chorus girl is brought in to dub Lina’s speaking and singing.

Don is on top of the world until Lina finds out.

The Philadelphia Story

the-philadelphia-storyBetween the low lighting and dramatic kisses, this flick has all the bells and whistles of old Hollywood romance.

Of course, the two dashing leading men — Cary Grant and James Stewart — don’t hurt.

We always enjoy a happy ending, and this is one love triangle where no one gets hurt.

Some Like it Hot

some-like-it-hotThis iconic romantic comedy is equal parts high jinks and seduction.

After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry (Jack Lemmon), improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. While Joe pretends to be a millionaire to win the band’s sexy singer, Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), Jerry finds himself pursued by a real millionaire (Joe E. Brown) as things heat up and the mobsters close in.

Gone with the Wind

gone-with-the-windThe passion between Rhett (Clark Gable) and Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) practically melts the screen.

With stellar lines like “You should be kissed and often and by someone who knows how,” it’s hard not to give a dame about this film.

 

Valentine’s Day are for pets too!

For all you pet lovers out there your cat, dog, bird, hamster or other animal are just as much a part of your family! Celebrate Valentine’s Day with fun activities like a picnic in the park, sight seeing, cuddle sessions, or perfect pampering at home.

And as for gifts how about a lovely new red collar, fluffy new bed, basket full of doggy treats. And now for too cute photos… enjoy!

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Fabulous Feet for Valentine’s Day!

All you fashionistas and shoe fanatics, part of the fun of Valentine’s Day is dressing up. And the best part… dressing your feet with fabulous finds like these! Let the ooh’s and ahh’s begin… enjoy!

valentine-shoes-collage

 

Valentine’s Day by the Numbers!

things-you-didnt-knowMillions of people celebrate Valentine’s Day on 14 February every year – but just how much do you actually know about the celebration and how it got started?

Here are some fun facts found on http://www.statisticbrain.com/valentines-day-statistics/ dated January 28, 2015

Roses Bought On Valentine’s Day

roses-boughtNearly three quarters of men will buy flowers on Valentine’s Day.

While it is hardly surprising that more men buy flowers on Valentine’s Day than women, it may shock you to learn just how many men pick up a bouquet.

Around 73% of men will buy flowers on the big day while just over one quarter (15%) of women will do the same.

Valentine’s Day Spending

annual-spendingDuring Valentine’s Day the average annual spending is $13.19 billion.

The average consumer spends about $116.21 on this day.

Gifts purchased include but are not limited to cards, flowers, candies, chocolates, teddy bears, decorations, centerpieces, meals and anything Valentine or Heart related.

 

Valentine’s Day Cards and Roses

cards-and-roses180 Million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually

196 Million roses on average are produced for Valentine’s Day

85% women buy Valentine’s Day cards

61.8% of consumers celebrate Valentine’s Day

 

Valentine’s Day Gifts Ranking

What to buy for Valentine’s Day always remains a perplexing question. Here are the top ranking ideas and gifts that consumers have bought for their loved ones.

top-ranking-giftsCards 52.1%

Candy 47.5%

Dining 34.6%

Flowers 34.3%

Jewelry 17.3%

Clothing 14.4%

Gift Cards 12.6%

Other Gifts 11.2%

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