Why Do We Give Red Roses on Valentine’s Day?

For centuries, flowers have symbolized fertility, love, marriage and romance. During the Victorian era, became popular to use flowers to send secretive messages. Known as floriography, sending flowers became commonly used way for lovers and admirers to express secret messages that Victorian etiquette deemed unacceptable to share openly. The meaning behind each flower was often pulled from from various myths, fables, or legends. When need be, the meaning was made up to suit the occasion.
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Sweets for Your Sweet: Tasty Valentine’s Day Gifts

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the perfect gift to give to your Valentine. Valentine’s Day gift giving can sometimes be tricky so if you’re unsure of what to give, you can never go wrong with any of these tasty treats:
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Crazy Valentine's Day Facts

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is right around the corner and that means candy hearts and cuddly teddy bears are everywhere! Single or coupled, there is no escaping Valentine's Day until February 15th. And I freely admit I have happily splurged on 1/2 price chocolates!

Here are some crazy statistics about how we celebrate Valentine's Day. What will you be buying this year for your love?
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4 Valentine's Day Traditions From Around the World

Today in the United States, about 190 million Valentine's Day cards are sent each year. And although it has become an increasingly commercialized holiday, its origins are based in love. St. Valentine's Day began as a religious celebration of the Christian saints Valentinus, who supposedly performed weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. Valentine's Day became a day for romance in the High Middle Ages (the age of Geoffrey Chaucer), when the tradition of courtly love flourished, giving nobles a way to express their admiration or love for a lady they were not married to. In 18th-century England, Valentine's Day evolved into an occasion in which lovers (although they may have not actually been romantically involved) gave each other flowers, sweets and cards. Saint Valentine's keys were also given as an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart. More...