Valentine’s Day is coming up — we hope you’re prepared to treat your sweetheart! Though it’s never a surprise — it’s on the same day every year — some of the history behind the holiday is surprising. Here are 8 fascinating facts about Valentine’s Day.
In the third century, under Claudius the Cruel, soldiers were forbidden to marry because they were thought to fight better unattached. He did, however, encourage temporary relationships. According to the Smithsonian, during a yearly festival, each man would draw the name of a woman who would become his companion for the year. He would then wear her name on his sleeve for a week. This is one of the theories of how we get the term “wear your heart on your sleeve.”
During that period under Claudius the Cruel, a Roman priest we now know as St. Valentine allegedly performed marriages of soldiers in secret. He was jailed for this.
As the legend goes, St. Valentine wrote a love letter to his jailer’s daughter signed “Your Valentine.” That’s when the valentine as we know it was born.
During the mid-to-late 1800’s in England, it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
Today, about 1 BILLION Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year.
In the United States, Richard Cadbury is popular for his Easter chocolate cream eggs, but he is the man who is credited (though the company lays no claim to Valentine’s Day boxes) for the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates. That was in the mid-1800s — today, about 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day every year.
Venus, the Roman goddess of love preferred the red rose. Today it’s the most popular flower given on Valentine’s Day — more than 50 million roses are bought for the holiday every year.
On Valentine’s Day 1876, Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone. His invention has evolved considerably and today it’s keeping sweethearts connected across states, countries, continents and oceans.
Though Valentine’s Day has a grim history, it’s a holiday that brings out the love in most of us even if we don’t have sweethearts. Whether you’re sharing your heart with your one-and-only, your family or your favorite furry friend, anyone can appreciate the sentiments of Valentine’s Day.
January 13 is Make Your Dreams Come True Day! We are all dreamers, but achieving those dreams can sometimes seem impossible. When it feels impossible, we need a little motivation. Today we’re giving you motivation in the form of quotes. Here are 24 inspirational quotes to help you make your dreams come true:
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” –Harriet Tubman
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!” –Goethe
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” –Colin Powell
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” –Henry David Thoreau
“No one has ever achieved anything from the smallest to the greatest unless the dream was dreamed first.” —Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” –George Lucas
“When your heart is in your dreams, no request is too extreme.” –Jiminy Cricket
“I don’t dream at night, I dream all day; I dream for a living.” –Steven Spielberg
“We should show life neither as it is or as it it ought to be, but only as we see it in our dreams.” –Leo Tolstoy
“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” –Oscar Wilde
“I’m a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.” –Mike Tyson
“Strivers achieve what dreamers believe.” –Usher
“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” –Erma Bombeck
“Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” —Oprah Winfrey
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” –George Eliot
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” –Alexander Graham Bell
“It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.” –Mother Teresa
“It always seems impossible until it is done.” –Nelson Mandela
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” –George Bernard Shaw
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” –Zig Ziglar
“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” –William Butler Yeats
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” –Mark Twain