Valentine's Day Magic. . .

Valentine's Day Magic. . .

Red hearts dangle from a classroom ceiling.  Kids huddle over desks covered with cardboard and coloring pens, busy at work making V-Day cards for their mom or a special friend.  Valentine's Day is around the corner and couples the world over are thinking of ways to celebrate their love.  

The origin of Valentine's Day is shrouded in mystery, but legend has it that Saint Valentine sent the first Valentine's card while locked away in prison after trying to help Christians escape the brutal Roman prisons.  The Valentine's Day card he sent out was to a young woman who just happened to be his jailer's daughter.  She visited him secretly during his imprisonment.  Since they didn't have long to talk, he would hand her a small card with loving messages and that was the beginning of what we now call "Valentine's cards." Saint Valentine sent his final card the morning of his execution with the scribbled words, "Forever in life and death, your Valentine."

Today we celebrate Valentine's Day as a time for people to show others they care.  Here's a guide to brighten up Feb. 14th in old ways and new:

Roses

One of the legends of how flowers became so closely associated with Valentine's Day is that Charles II of Sweden popularized the Persian art of the "language of flowers," allowing for conversations to take place without letters.  Roses mean many things, including "love," "passion" and "beauty," and have therefore become a standard for this Hallmark holiday.  

Of course, there are many who refuse to buy overly priced flowers on this very commercial holiday, but regardless, red roses have come to symbolize love all over the world. How to get the best deal on roses? Buy white roses and not red; florists charge 50% less for roses that are not red in color:-))

  Chocolate

The other Valentine classic is chocolate, which apparently came in to fame because chocolate has long been considered an aphrodisiac and because a certain Richard Cadbury designed a heart-shaped box of chocolates for Valentine's Day in the 19th century.

Studies show that 19 billion dollars were spent by Americans in 2016 on love on just this one day. (https://www.fundivo.com/stats/valentines-day-spending-statistics/) That includes spending on roses, diamonds, champagne and yes, chocolates!

A romantic dinner for two at a fancy restaurant  

According to a recent survey, 24 percent of women and 35 percent of men agreed that a romantic dinner for two (http://elitedaily.com/dating/how-you-celebrate-valentines-day-relationship/1775471/) would be their ideal date, so if you snagged a restaurant reservation months in advance, then you did well! Nothing says love more than pretty clothes, a fancy restaurant, and enthusiastic servers ready to top off your sweetheart's glass of wine.

A cozy night in can rekindle your romance

While every couple is hoping that a Valentine's Day gift or getaway will help heat things up, a new survey shows that the most popular time to have sex is actually 9 a.m. on Sunday (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4179706/9am-Sunday-popular-time-sex.html).  While Tuesday 9 p.m. is the least desirable opportunity for intimacy according to a survey of 2000 adults.  Uh, Oh!  This year, Feb. 14th falls on a Tuesday.  Fear not.  Richard Longhurst, co-founder of LaceHoney found that on a date night, 88 percent of couples usually end up having sex.

So even if you forgot to make dinner reservations at your darling's favorite restaurant, you can still impress your partner.  Cook up a meal that will blow their mind away or order take-out, open a bottle of wine, put on a romantic movie (for inspiration, watch The Light between Oceans), and you're guaranteed to make your V-day a lot hotter!!

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