ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Valentine's Day--History, Legends, & Gifts

Updated on February 13, 2015

A Celebration of True Love

Valentine’s Day February 14, the special day set aside to celebrate love. A day commonly associated with red hearts and cupid’s flying arrows meant to pierce the heart leading the one, or couple, wounded to experience eternal love. With Cupid’s love arrow penetrating their heart, they supposedly fall in love and are led on into a life-long blissful relationship. That describes the legendary, fairy-tale version of Valentine’s Day but however you choose to view this day of love, in reality or fairy tale, it can be a fun filled day to enjoy—with the one you love.

For me, I like to explore both versions. My husband claims that Valentine’s Day was the exact date he fell in love with me. It seems that Cupid made an accurate shot to his heart and the legend of Valentine’s Day fell perfectly in place. After thirty-nine Valentine’s Days later with the same man, I would have to agree that the legend is accurate and true. My husband always celebrates this special day of love in romantic, loving, and memorable ways. Therefore, I always look forward to what he comes up with each year. I share with you here a few of my favorite ways we celebrate our gift of love and marriage…

The Perfect Romantic Meal for Two

What could be better than lobster and steak cooked to perfection? It's a surf and turf dream come true.

Then what else would be appropriate for a delicious dessert than something in chocolate?

Selecting the Perfect Valentine's Dinner--Lobster for Two is Even Better

Do you love Lobster? Then get ready for your mouth to water! This is one delicious celebration in honor of the Lobster.

One of life's simple pleasures is enjoying your favorite meal with the one you love . . .and there is no better way to celebrate this special day set aside for Love than by sharing what you love to eat with the one you love.

And then . . .don't forget the chocolate for dessert!

Keep the romance alive by creating the right atmosphere and transform a beautiful Valentine's Day into an unforgettable Valentine's Night! I've found a couple of ideas with the potential to bring romance to life. Wouldn't you love to make everyday feel like Valentine's Day all over again? Read on . . .

Imagine a Delicious Lobster Dinner for Two . . . - And it arrives right on your doorstep for Valentine's Day!

Then you and your love can enjoy an evening together preparing the most delicious, romantic feast ever.

It's fun to stay in, and spend the entire evening alone. You can also save the tip for each other.

What a Fabulous way to celebrate Valentine's Day!

Surf & Turf Anyone?


If you are a lobster lover, you will totally enjoy this meal--It's absolutely delicious! It's a complete, high quality dinner you can enjoy at home and never leave your house. If a complete evening at home is your desire, this is the ticket for the perfect meal.

My husband surprised me with this feast one Valentine's Day several years ago. Hope he plans to repeat this gift some time soon.


The Legend of Cupid

Cupid Shoots His Arrows of Love


Cupid's History

According the encyclopedia Britannica, "Cupid is the Latin name for the god of love, Eros. Cupid is generally identical with Amor (Cupido, “desire”). The idea of the god of love in Roman poetry is due to the influence of Alexandrian poets and artists, in whose hands he became a mischievous boy with essentially human characteristics. His usual attribute is the bow."

In Roman mythology, Cupid was the son of the goddess of love, Venus. Being wounded by Cupid's arrows causes a person to fall in love. According to legend, Cupid was wounded by one of his own arrows, causing him to fall in love with a mortal princess named Psyche. With Cupid being immortal, this presented a problem, which the gods solved by making Psyche immortal so she could be united with Cupid forever.

The normal image of Cupid is a chubby, naked little boy with golden wings. With smiles and dimpled face, he also is never without his bow and arrow.

This is where the legendary Cupid of love came from. This mischievous boy with his human traits would shoot, piercing prospects of love with his arrows. Being shot with an arrow of Cupid was essentially the same as being under the influence of a love potion. Cupid is thought to fly around, especially during Valentine’s Day, shooting the unsuspecting with his arrows of love. They then are under his spell and fall helplessly in love with the person they are with.

More Thoughts on the Perfect Lobster & Steak Dinner

Doesn't steak & lobster just make your mouth water?

What a wonderful, delicious romantic feast!

If Steak is Your Preference . . .

Omaha Steaks 4 (5 oz.) Filet Mignons
Omaha Steaks 4 (5 oz.) Filet Mignons

This is for my husband. He tolerates Lobster but loves the Steak!


Planning an Amazing Valentine's Dinner

Lobster or Steak? - Which would you choose for your favorite romantic dinner?

See results

A Question for Those of You Who Prefer Lobster?

Do you like your lobster whole or tail only?

See results

Creating a Romantic Atmosphere

Love is in the Air

Beginning with a Lobster & Steak Dinner, & a Chocolate Dessert and then adding a Romantic Map, Sweet Candles, and Flowers

Sounds like an amazing Valentine's Day is underway with this list of romantic ingredients.

I share here my very favorite Valentine's Day gifts that my romantic and loving husband has given me over the years. They each are things that I love to enjoy but there is nothing that I love more than him.

Enjoy, Have Fun, and Celebrate Love this Valentine's Day 2015!

More Important Valentine's Gifts

There are important accessories to any fabulous romantic meal such as chocolate covered strawberries, aromatic candles, beautiful flowers, and a complete book of romantic suggestions to keep you busy for 101 nights--check it out! Are you up for a romantic challenge to keep your love fresh and new?

Adding That Extra Romantic Touch

Golden State Fruit 6 Piece Dreamy Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Golden State Fruit 6 Piece Dreamy Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Something chocolate for Valentine’s Day is a time honored tradition. Receiving a box of chocolates is great…but in my opinion, as my husband knows, there is nothing better for a Valentine's dessert than dark-chocolate-covered Strawberries to add the perfect touch of sweet! They are not too sweet and the fruit covered in delicious dark chocolate even makes your chocolate addition healthier too. So enjoy and indulge in chocolate on this romantic day of love.


Celebrating Romance

Which do you consider most important for a romantic evening?

See results

Want to add that Valentine's Day atmosphere to every day? - 101 Nights of Great Romance will help you achieve that goal.

Get your copy here and enjoy more romance and fun for the next 101 nights to come.

Are you up to the challenge?

This book is full of fun and adventure and will definitely add spice to any relationship.

A Little Valentine's Day History

In the United States, Valentine's Day became popular in the mid-1800's around the time of the Civil War. Many valentines of that period were hand painted and usually showed a fat cupid whose arrows pierced a heart. Other valentines were made with satin, ribbon, and lace trimmings. Some valentines were even made from dried flowers or seaweed! The more elaborate valentines cards of this time period could cost as much as $10. (And I thought $5 today was high!)

Beautiful Roses

Always Add the Necessary Touch

This bouquet is just gorgeous. It's such a beautiful and meaningful assortment with each color symbolizing an important part of any loving relationship.

24 Stems Rainbow Roses
24 Stems Rainbow Roses

Nothing says HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY like roses!


Flowers Say Happy Valentine's Day!

What is your favorite flower?

See results

Let me know you stopped by--just say "Hi!" or share your favorite Valentine's gift ever...

What makes your Valentine's Day special?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • beaworkathomemom profile image


      5 years ago

      Nice lens. I love lobster. It tastes really delicious.

    • takkhisa profile image


      5 years ago

      Not a bad idea :)

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      This can make anyone's day (provided he or she loves seafood)

      Love it

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      6 years ago

      I love lobster. Great lens.

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      6 years ago

      My first glance at the photo under the header For Those Who Prefer Only the Lobster Tail was of a lobster designed high heel shoe! Nice job.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Oh my, how does lobster sound to me? Absolutely delicious and the perfect choice for Valentine's Day! I might have to make a trip to Red Lobster tonight to have some. Definitely my favorite seafood of all time! Could eat it nearly every day.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)