What do you really know about this romantic holiday?
Learn more about the holiday we all “love.”
There are a few definite, known things about Valentine’s Day. We know that it is a day of love, that we are to shower our loved ones in displays of affections, and we are to eat an unhealthy amount of chocolate. Some revel in the glory of love while others curse the holiday to the depths of its existence, devaluing as a “Hallmark Holiday” constructed to simple push the sales of candy and cards. No matter how you feel about this holiday and it’s implications, the truth is that there is a ton of lore and history behind it.
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For instance, did you know that there are actually three saints that Valentine’s Day origins stem from? The Catholic church recognizes that there were three saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. In one legend, when Emperor Claudius II mandated that all young soldiers were to refrain from marriage in order to be better soldiers, Bishop Valentine defied him and married couple in secret. He was put to death when the Emperor discovered his secret ceremonies. There is also the rumor that Valentine was imprisoned and fell in love with a jailer’s daughter, who visited him during his sentence. Before his death, he sent her a letter that ended in “from your Valentine.” Another theory suggests that a Valentine helped Christians escape the harsh conditions of Roman prisons.
Aside from a fascinating history, there are plenty of modern and historical facts worth knowing. Do you know where the first chocolate candy box came from? Or what women used to do so they could dream about their future husbands on Valentine’s Day? To learn the answers to these two fun facts and quite a few more, click through our slideshow so you can fall in love with Valentine’s Day a little more!
To fall in love with more ideas, visit The Daily Meal’s Ultimate Guide to Valentine’s Day!
Lauren Gordon is the Entertain and Holidays Editor at The Daily Meal. You can follow her on Twitter @laurengordon88.
Kris Jenner, Bruce Jenner's Marriage: 10 Things You Didn't Know
Though the Kardashian-Jenner clan seemingly bare all on their reality TV show, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," there are some things about Kris and Bruce Jenner's marriage not even the most avid fans know.
Kris Jenner spoke to HuffPost Weddings about her relationship, offering insight into how the couple has stayed strong for nearly 21 years. Below, 10 things you might not know about the Jenners' relationship and their big family's life.
1. Bruce ordered meatloaf the first night they met.
"I thought, 'I love this guy, he has meatloaf and mashies.' It was fabulous."
2. The proposal was a total surprise.
"We were at a restaurant and he just dropped to a knee. We had been house-hunting all day and we were thinking about moving in together, and then I thought to myself, driving to the restaurant that we were going to, 'I must be out of my mind that we're house-hunting. We're not even married, we're not even engaged!' And that night he just busted out a move. He said, 'I am totally in love with you and would you marry me?' I was very surprised."
3. He didn't propose with a ring.
"You know when I got a ring? A few months ago in Bora Bora. I got my ring for my twentieth anniversary. We'd only known each other a few months [when we got engaged] and I don't think he really knew what my taste was. I'm really kind of picky about that stuff, in case you hadn't noticed. I'm very specific and he knew how anal I was. I'm kind of crazy that way."
4. Kris and her ex-husband Robert Kardashian were still best friends when Kris met Bruce luckily the two men got along well.
"We [Robert and I] remained really, really close and had a really great parenting style with our kids. Then Bruce became really good friends with Robert, they would play golf together, so we've always had a one big happy family kind of a relationship. So with Bruce, everyone loves Bruce. When you get married to me, I had four kids at the time, so you've got to get married to the kids. So I had the kids and I had an ex-husband. He got everyone's stamp of approval. Bruce was delicious."
5. Kris and Bruce ride motorcycles together.
"We both have our own motorcycles, no one knows that . When you're under that helmet nobody really knows who you are, so it's kind of fun.
Bruce has been into motorcycles since he won the Olympics . I got him a Harley when we first got married, as a surprise. He loves Harleys, so I got him another one for Valentine's Day a few years ago. And then he surprised me with a pink Vespa a couple years ago. He bought me my first Harley in the 90's, he bought me a Harley Sportster. I got on it and we were driving, it was Christmas Day, and we were driving down Sunset Blvd. and I crashed my motorcycle on Sunset. I stopped at a red light and the bike stalled and I didn't know what to do so I jumped off and left the bike the bike just fell over. That was the last time I rode my Harley. It scared me to death!"
6. They got married in a friend's backyard.
"It was a very intimate, small wedding . I had such a big wedding the first time and we just really wanted close family and friends [the second time]. "
7. The worst argument they've ever had was over a toy helicopter.
"One time he put a helicopter in the back of one of my cars. It was so hot and he closed the trunk and the entire car caught on fire. That was our worst fight. I was like, 'Get your helicopters out of my life!'"
8. Kris doesn't give her daughters love advice.
"I try to stay out of it because I figure, you can't win with that. The heart knows what the heart wants . I'm more advice-worthy when it comes to business relationship with them . If they want to talk about somebody they're dating, or some situation they're having with a boyfriend or a husband, then I'm always here to listen and give my two cents."
9. A friend introduced Kris to Zestra, a new women's arousal product that she endorses, and she loved it right away.
"When you're married long-term you need to figure out things to do to spice up your relationship . I had a friend who introduced me to Zestra. Guys are always talking about sex, and they've always had help in the bedroom. When I heard about this [product] I was like, 'Wow, there's something for women too.'"
10. One year, each of their six children attended a different school.
3. Not all valentines are chosen on purpose
Receive a Valentine today and it’s a sign that someone has a secret crush on you. Go back to the Middle Ages though and the situation is a little different.
Back then, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their valentine. The single women’s names would be added to an urn and single men of the town would take a name out and pin it to their sleeves for one whole week. This would allow everyone in the town to see who their valentine was and could be where the term “wearing your heart on your sleeve” originates.
9 It's Divided Into 11 Separate Chapters
Persona 5 offers some limitations with the dates that Ren can go on. Still, A Magical Valentine’s Day plays devil’s advocate and is broken up into eleven separate chapters where Ren gets to spend some time with every character.
In the video game, all of this amounts to a brief dating sim deviation and the ability to earn Ren some special SP chocolate. This OVA benefits from sharing the wealth and not just focusing on one date. A Magical Valentine’s Day even features Ren’s many dates beating him up for his misunderstanding of the holiday’s importance.
6. Arizona becomes a state: 1912
More than a half-century after Oregon joined the Union on Valentine’s Day, Arizona did the same. President William Howard Taft initially vetoed Arizona’s request for statehood in 1911 because its constitution permitted judicial recall. After Arizona revoked the offending clause, Taft signed the proclamation to make it the 48th state. Arizona voters extracted payback on Election Day in 1912, however, when they approved a constitutional amendment reinstating judicial recall and gave Taft only 13% of their votes, placing him behind Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt and Eugene V. Debs.
Separation Anxiety in Pets
Separation anxiety in pets is a real thing and recognizing the warning signs is important.
Since March, Covid-19 required most of the world to quarantine in their homes. Majority of people ended up working from home for nearly five months. This meant pet owners were constantly with their pets giving them attention, playing with them, letting them out etc. Therefore, when the world slowly started to open up again and pet owners began returning to normal life work schedules away from the home, pet owners noticed a difference in the way their pet acted. Many pets develop separation anxiety especially during this crazy time when majority people were stuck inside barely leaving the house.
Separation Anxiety in Pets Can Lead to:
Chewing, Digging and Destruction
What Causes Separation Anxiety:
A number of things can cause separation anxiety in pets. A clear reason right now is due to covid-19 requiring individuals to stay home for extended periods of time. Then these individuals were able to return to their daily lives leaving pets along for extended periods of time. Another reason is some adoptable dogs may have separation anxiety when first adopted because they fear their guardian may leave. Another cause is if a pet experiences a sudden change in its normal routine for example covid-19 it can in return cause separation anxiety in them. Be aware that also moving can cause separation anxiety so if your dog and you move around a lot it can trigger separation anxiety in your pet.
How to Maintain Separation Anxiety:
If your pet has a mild case of separation anxiety try turning when you leave into something exciting for your pet. This can mean offering them treats before you leave so they start to associate you leaving with getting a treat. It can also be helpful to leave them puzzle like toys like the brand KONG offers toys that you can put treats into or put food like peanut butter, or cheese in. This toy will distract your pet for a while, and they get a reward when they play with the toy. These toys try to offer only to your pet when you leave the house. This will train your pet to start to enjoy the time when you leave because they know they will be given a reward.
If you pet has a moderate case of separation anxiety it can take more time to get them accustomed to you leaving. This means taking the process of leaving them way slower. Start only leaving your pet for short periods at a time and continue to reward them. As they begin to get used to it increase the period of which you are gone. Over time your pet will start to recognize that it is oaky you are gone because they receive rewards. For dogs who have severe anxiety especially when they notice you put on shoes or grab your keys. For these pets try to associate these items with you not always leaving. Try to use these items but not leave to show your pet they are not to be feared of these items. If you have a pet who typically follows you around try to do things like telling your dog to sit and stay outside a bathroom door while you enter that room. Gradually increase the time you leave your pet on the other side of the door. This trains a pet that they can be by themselves and will be okay. This process will take a while so remain calm and patient with your pet. This process should start out in a room but should overtime get up to you being able to leave your house and go outside without your pet following. Continue to watch for signs of stress in your pet like pacing, trembling, panting etc. If any of these signs and others appear take a step back and move slower. During this overall process it is important you take it slowly so try to not really leave your pet at all which can be very difficult. Try to arrange if you do need to leave that someone like a friend can stop by and be with your pet or try using a doggy daycare service just so your pet is not totally alone.
Some Other Tips:
When greeting your pet after being gone say hello in a calm manner and then ignore them until they begin to remain calm. Same thing with saying goodbye remain calm and do not give into them being wild and crazy. To calm them try having them perform a task they know like sit or down. Another tip is to possible crate train your pet. If your pet associates their crate with being a safe place this can ease their anxiety when you do go to leave. It can also be helpful if you do not crate your pet to provide a safe room that your pet typically fees the most comfortable in. Another tip is to provide plenty of mental stimulation for your pet like treats and toys. Also try giving your dog some sort of exercise before you leave every day. Leaving hidden treats and food for your pet to find throughout the day will also keep them busy and entertained. If none of the above tips help, try seeking help from a professional in pet behaviors. They will be able to determine a regimen to help you and your pet get better. Medication may also be necessary for severe cases so to speak to a veterinarian about the different options for your pet.
Separation anxiety can be common in pets especially after the year everyone has had. Look for signs of separation anxiety in your pets and notice the different ways you can assist your pet in getting better. Also remember to never punish your pet for any anxious behaviors. Do your best to not discipline and instead use these tips to avoid future behaviors. Separation anxiety can be maintained with patience.
You Had Me at Hello
- University of Maryland has a team of academic experts dedicated to educating the media about Valentine's Day. &ldquoNo matter what angle you&rsquore covering, the University of Maryland has the Valentine&rsquos Day expert for you,&rdquo says their official website.
- For every 120 single men who are in their 20s, there are 100 single women in the same age range.
- The story changes drastically when we look at people over 65. Beyond 65, there are 33 single men for every 100 single women of the same age range. I guess all that extra spending for Valentine&rsquos day takes a toll.
- How do Americans celebrate Valentine's Day? U.S. Census Bureau has the answer:
- Don't want to send mixed signals with your bouquet? Make sure you check out the secret color code of roses:
* Note: In some cultures white and yellow flowers are used for funerals and considered bad luck. (Thanks Andrea and Yan!)
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Valentine’s Day - Recipes
You may be feeling like you’ve only just got over Christmas, but Valentine’s Day will be upon us before you know it. So to turn your thoughts away from the turkey leftover meals and towards champagne and chocolates, here are ten things that you (probably) didn’t know about Valentine’s Day:
- Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. The Valentines honoured on 14th February are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni.
- The celebration of Saint Valentine did not have any romantic connotations until Chaucer's poetry about ‘Valentines’ in the 14th century.
- The earliest surviving example of Valentine poetry was written in the 15th century by Charles, Duke of Orléans to his wife, while he was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.
- Valentine's Day is mentioned ruefully by Ophelia in William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5 (1600–1601).
- In 1835, 60,000 Valentine cards were sent by post in Britain, despite postage being expensive. The invention of the postage stamp in 1840 saw the number of Valentine cards posted leap to 400,000.
- Today an estimated 25 million Valentine cards are sent in the UK each year.
- The Valentine’s Day tradition of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts originated in the UK and has since spread throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.
- Around half of the UK population spend money on their Valentines.
- £1.3 billion is spent in the UK every year on Valentine cards and gifts.
- There are regional variations of Valentine’s Day traditions in the UK. In Norfolk, for example, a character called 'Jack' Valentine knocks on the rear door of houses leaving sweets and presents for children.
And that's ten things you (probably) didn't know about Valentine's Day. Have a wonderful time with your Valentine 14th February or, if you’re single, don’t forget to celebrate National Singles Day on 11th March!
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10 things you didn't know about Valentine's Day
Are you celebrating Valentine's Day today by spoiling your loved one? Or maybe you're getting your mates together for a #Galentines party to celebrate friendship? Even if you hate the commercialism of V Day, there's no escaping it as love hearts and flowers are everywhere you turn come 14 February. But why do we actually celebrate it and where did our Valentines traditions originate?
1. How did Valentine's Day begin?
Not much is known about Saint Valentine, but many people believe he was a 3rd-century Roman bishop. Defying the orders of Emperor Claudius II, who tried to ban marriages during wartime to make sure all the men could serve, he secretly married couples to prevent the husbands from being conscripted to serve in the army. Claudius discovered Valentine was a clandestine cupid, and sent him to be jailed and executed for his crimes of passion.
2. Why do we send Valentine's cards?
While Valentine was in prison, he's said to have managed to cure the jailer's daughter of blindness through his prayers. On the day he was executed, he left her a note signed "Your Valentine".
However, the first actual Valentine's card was said to have been penned by the young French Duke of Orleans. He sent it to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.
3. Why do we celebrate Valentine's Day on 14 February?
Back in the Middle Ages, lovers in France started to swap gifts of love on this date. Why? They believed birds began to mate around the middle of February, so they must have thought there was something in the air!
4. How did people celebrate Valentine's Day in the past?
There was a French custom called "une loterie d'amour" (translation: the love lottery) which was like a Middle Ages version of Take Me Out. Singles entered opposite facing houses and shouted at each other from the windows, until eventually they paired off. If the guy didn't like the girl, he would leave and the single ladies would get together around a bonfire later that night, burning pictures of the men who'd dumped them. Eventually, it was banned by the state - after all, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!
Back then, there was also a tradition of young people taking names out of a dish to see who would be their true love. They'd pin the name to their sleeves for a week and parade around town letting everyone know. literally wearing their hearts on the sleeves, which is where the saying came from!
5. Why do we eat chocolate on Valentine's Day?
Why not?! But if you need a little history to make you feel better about overdosing on Milk Tray, 19th-century doctors actually advised lovesick patients to eat chocolate to calm their heartbreak. Savvy old Richard Cadbury put on sale the first box of chocolates to mark Valentine's Day in the late 1800s, and the rest is history!
6. How many Valentine's cards are sent every year?
More than a BILLION Valentine's cards are bought every year. You're a romantic bunch!
7. Why do we send or receive red roses on Valentine's Day?
Apparently, red roses were the flower of choice for Venus, the goddess of love.
8. How do people celebrate Valentine's Day in other countries?
In Finland, it's called Ystävänpäivä (try saying that after a few glasses of champers), which translate as "friends' day". There, it's all about celebrating your friends rather than your loved ones.
Over in South Korea, the celebrations last months. On 14 February, women lavish men with flowers, chocolates and sweets. On 14 March, it's White Day, which is the guys' turn to return the favour. Singletons get to drown their sorrows in black bean paste noodles on 14 April, known as Black Day.
9. Who buys more Valentine's cards?
Women buy 85% of the Valentine's cards sold worldwide. And 15% of women even send themselves flowers! *sob*
10. Why should pets miss out?
They don't! More than 9 million people buy gifts for their pets on Valentine's Day. Admit it - are you one of them?
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10 things you didn't know about Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is for flowers, chocolates and celebrating love. But, as with so many things, it was a whole lot weirder a couple of hundred years ago.
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1. Traditionally, if you get a kiss on Valentine's Day you're bound to have good luck all year!
2. Be careful who you look at. People used to believe that a woman would marry the first man she saw on February 14th.
3. Take care when buying roses because different colours have different meanings. If they're red then true love is on the cards. Pink shows affection from a sweetheart, but yellow means you'll just be friends.
4. In the Middle Ages, Valentines were decided by drawing names from a bowl. Everyone would pin the chosen name to their clothes, hence the phrase 'wearing your heart on your sleeve'.
5. A girl could also choose her suitor by writing names on pieces of paper, wrapping them in clay and dropping them in water. Whichever name floated up first would be her future husband.
6. Sometimes a little bird can tell your future. On Valentine's Day, a woman who spotsa robin will marry a sailor. A goldfinch signifies a rich man and a sparrow means a poor, but happy, marriage.
7. Doctors in the 1800s prescribed chocolate for heartbreak. We can all sympathise!
8. In Wales it was said that a child born on Valentine's Day would be lucky in love, but the same didn't apply to animals. Valentine's cows would be no good for breeding, and eggs laid on that day would all be bad.
9. During the Roman equivalent of Valentine's Day, two boys would run through crowds whipping people with goatskin strings. A girl touched by the string would go on to have healthy children.
10. An old English tradition had girls eating hard-boiled eggs - including the shells! - the night before Valentine's Day. Whoever she dreamed of that night, she would marry.
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