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Say this to yourself: "I won't be disappointed"

Updated on November 26, 2012

Valentine's doesn't have to be a dreaded day

Valentine's day has long been a tradition that leaves the singles desiring, the couples let down, and the kids over-joyed with sugar!

So, what started all this chaos? Well, you can blame that one on the Romans. In ancient Rome, February 14th was celebrated to honor the Queen of the Roman Gods, Juno. She was also known as the Goddess of women and marriage. It began in the spirit of love and worship, yet in modern days, Valentine's Day has been stigmatized as more painful than romantic. So, in the spirit of a long tradition, I choose this day not to be disappointed and to show love and gratitude to my loved ones. That darn stigma won't be rubbing off on me!

Whatever reason you have to celebrate the long tradition of Saint Valentine's Day, make it worth it!

Do you like Valentine's Day?

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Remember the Romans

with some crafty ideas

After the Romans honored Juno on the 14th, the following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.

Unlike modern days, the lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. But on the eve of the festival of Lupercalia, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. The names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl's name from the jar and would then be partners for the rest of the festival with the girl he chose from the jar. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.

What to put in your jar

Decorate your jar however you see fit. You can use ribbon, buttons, stationary, pictures. The sky is the limit. Be creative and thoughtful!

  • Write your special someone the reasons why you picked them as a mate and what makes them special.
  • Fill it with random objects that remind you of the reasons you love them. Examples of objects: pictures of you together, lucky penny (for how lucky we are to have each other), toothpick (because you wouldn't "pick" anyone else).
  • Fill it with their favorite candy.
  • Put personal coupons for them to cash in on....I think you get the drift.
  • Write a love poem or a letter and roll it up in the jar.

Did you know?

The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. The color red stands for strong romantic feelings making the red rose the flower of love

What flowers to get

Roses aren't the only flower

The flowers you choose to buy have an impact on the person you give them to. Each flower has a different meaning, and each color a different emotion. In order to help you choose more wisely here's a list of what flowers mean and a few popular flowers to get.

Red: Most commonly associated with love, desire, and passion. A red flower can be a symbol of desire, lust, devotion, and beauty. The color red is also often related to heat, fire, and strength. Of course, Roses are a hit.

Pink: Can signify a teasing interest, grace, and happiness. It is often a more modest gesture than a red flower, offering an allure of mystery to the recipient as to the intensions of the giving party. Which is always a good thing! Pink also may represent joy and innocence. Pink roses or tulips are a great addition to a bouquet!

Orange: A color that screams excitement, exuberance, and enthusiasm. An orange flower is a bold statement of color and vitality. A bouquet that contains orange flowers brings thoughts of passion for life, satisfaction, and confidence. Amaryllis' are very beautiful flowers to add to a bouquet..

Yellow: To make people smile. It is the color of friendship, joy, and lightheartedness. New beginnings like the start of spring are associated with the beauty of yellow flowers. Warm and bright, this color also is a perfect way to add brilliance to any bouquet. A personal favorite is the yellow daisy. White is also nice to see!

Great Date Ideas - last minute or otherwise

For many of you who don't have a clue, here is a list of some great ideas that is sure to sweep them off their feet!

  1. Choose a dinner from the cookbook you've never tried. Make some magic in the kitchen!
  2. Send flowers with a secret note to destination of your choosing. Follow up with more secret notes and flowers if desired.
  3. A day at the spa is sure to please both parties involved!
  4. Go for a carriage ride, sip hot chocolate, cuddle up with a blanket.
  5. Sit on the roof, count the stars. Use caution!
  6. Play games, eat chocolates, and stay warm by the fire
  7. Plan a weekend trip somewhere special
  8. Plan a picnic, inside or out, make it romantic with candles, music, etc.
  9. Go to a restaurant that holds significance for both of you, i.e. first date
  10. Have a backwards dinner. Start with dessert...you might not get to the end.

Best Valentine's Gift

What do you think is the best Valentine's Gift to receive?

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    • UKGhostwriter profile image

      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      This is very inspirational, and NOT just for valentine's day

    • sorana lm profile image

      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I didn't know that the red rose was the favourite flower of Venus.

    • CowboyDJ LM profile image

      CowboyDJ LM 6 years ago

      Great history, I loved the lens! I'll be taking my girl out to a nice dinner, then we will enjoy red wine and dark chocolate by the fireside...I'll stop there!