1. Learn about the holiday.
Valentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day is observed on February 14 every year. Explore the facts and fiction of this holiday.
2. Around the world.
This holiday is celebrated in many countries, even those that do not consider it as such. Find out about how others celebrate this holiday.
3. Paper valentines.
Paper valentines started in Great Britain with suggested verses in 1797. In the United States, mass produced valentines appeared after 1847. Today, we purchase packages with many smaller cards for people we care about and larger cards for those we love. Of course, the Internet changed our giving even further with the ability to send e-cards. Look at samples of valentines to see how they have changed over the years.
Flowers are another way we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Check out the meaning of various flowers before you purchase any. Which truly communicate what you want to share?
5. Candy and other sweets.
In Japan, the quality of the chocolate reflects how one feels about the people she is giving chocolate to on Valentine’s Day. While kids may not care about the quality of the confections they receive, adults tend to be more discriminating. Try a few different types of sweets and experience the difference before you give a gift of this type.
6. Time together.
You might want to go out to dinner, cuddle and watch a movie or find another way to be together. Explore the ways you can spend time with that person (or those people) closest to you without being interrupted with everyday life.
7. Taking it up a notch.
Adults may find champagne, jewelry and lingerie a much more fitting gift for this holiday. If you have a special someone to spend time with, explore the possibilities.
8. Single doesn’t mean sad.
Being single doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holiday. Instead, do things for the people you love, including yourself. Create the day you want.
9. Celebrating for kids.
For kids, celebrating often includes sharing valentine cards and candy with classmates. Sometimes they make their own cards and crafts. Check out the Enrichment badge program “Valentine’s Day Crafts” for more information on these possibilities.
10. Your traditions.
Do you have your own traditions for Valentine’s Day? If not, explore what others do to celebrate this holiday and start your own traditions.
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