Saint Valentine's Day, commonly known as Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year and honors at least two Christian saints named Valentinus who were martyred by ancient Romans. The day first became associated with romantic love in the 1300s when referred to as such in a Chaucer work. By the 15th century it had become traditional for lovers to exchange flowers, sweets, and cards, gestures still practiced today. After New Year's Day, it is the most celebrated holiday around the world and is an official holy day in many religions. Millions of people decorate their Tampa FL homes with red and white hearts, doves, wreaths, and cupids; create special foods; give gifts; and send cards to profess their affection.
Although flowers and candy are commonly given to women, men are becoming more creative in their choice of gifts. Modern tokens of love can now include massages in your Tampa FL home, balloon bouquets, red pillows adorned with jewelry, original poetry, and craft or hobby baskest. Click here for other possibilities or check out Esquire.com for 101 unique suggestions. You might also consider a handmade gift for the love of your life and earn extra points!
But what to give him? Although heart-themed ties, boxers, and teddy bears are cute, why not get the man in your life something he could use for the rest of the year? Think about game tickets, beer kits, burger makers and Wi-Fi cameras.
Or… remembering the adage about “the way to a man’s heart…”, how about treating him to a romantic Valentine’s dinner for two in your Tampa FL home? An elegant but easy menu from Food Network includes pappadelle in saffron cream, roasted mushroom chicken in red wine, and a raspberry/chocalate parfait (or anything in the red velvet category). That same website also offers instructions on how to create personalized (and no-bake!) candy hearts for your sweetie or your kids.
And speaking of children, the Internet teems with crafty ideas to help them celebrate this holiday by making decorations for their Tampa FL home or cards for loved ones. Help them use yarn, spools, buttons, and ribbon to create flowers and animal-shaped cards. Apples4theteacher.com provides a wealth of interactive computer games, jigsaw puzzles, word searches and the like. The site also offers themed short stories and poems for the younger set.
Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
- Jean Anouilh
Happy Valentine’s Day!