If you are interested in taking your date out to his or her favorite restaurant or you wanted to rent one of his or her favorite movies, you need to know what those are. During one of your dates, give your “date” a sheet of paper and a pen. Call out 10 or 20 categories for each of you to list your top 3-5 favorites. Suggestions would be restaurants, movies, musical artists, meals, television shows, books, and so one.
Be sure to list categories that would have relevance to your relationship – for example if you knew one of their favorite musical groups was coming to town, you could purchase tickets for an upcoming date.vAfter you finish your lists, compare notes and see if you have any favorites in common. Write down your sweetheart’s answers so you can have plenty of ideas for future dates and gifts.
Be sure to bring flowers to her (or him) when you pick them up for these special dates.
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In France young unmarried people as well as older unmarried people would go into houses facing each other and start calling out across from one window to another, pairing off with the one they have chosen. If the young man didn’t fancy his valentine he would desert her and as a result afterwards a bonfire would be lit where the young ladies would burn images of the young man and would yell out abuse as she burnt the image of the young man.
In Germany women plant onions in pots, giving each a man’s name and placing them near the fireplace. The first sprouting onion is the husband-to-be.
In Japan downtown Tokyo department stores sell elegantly wrapped chocolates, but the candy buyers are all women. In Japan women are expected to give men chocolates. On Feb. 14, office ladies, known as OLs in Japanese, buy giri chocos — obligation chocolates — for their bosses. If a woman is interested in someone, she lets him know by giving honmei chocolates “true feeling gifts,” which bear romantic messages.
In Italy Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a Spring Festival and his held in the open air. The young would gather in leafy glades or ornamental gardens, where they would listen to music and hear poetry read, then they would stroll off with their valentine together into the gardens. In Turin it was once customary for an engaged couple to announce their engagement on this day. For a while before the day shops would be decorated and filled with all sorts of bon-bons. In Rome St Valentine’s Day in known as Lupercalia – a very romantic and pleasure-loving occasion. Order your Valentine Flowers Early!
(Pictured: The Pinks Are Hot)
1. What did people used to believe would happen if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine’s Day?
2. Who imprisoned Valentine?
3. Why was he imprisoned?
4. On what date was Valentine supposedly executed?
5. How many Valentine cards will be bought in a year?
6. Name 2 countries, other than the U.S., that celebrate Valentine’s Day.
7. In Roman mythology, February 14th is associated with which goddess?
8. What custom does the saying “He wears his heart on his sleeve” come from?
9. What is the flower associated with Valentine’s Day?
10. When did Hallmark make its first Valentine Card?
How do you write I Love You in German? In French? In Spanish? In Italian? In Portuguese? In Cantonese?
Get the answers here: http://www.tulipstalk.com/valentine-quiz-answers/
Top Ten Gifts to Give Your Valentine
February is the month of love. Inside every romantic a fire is kindling, making us all aglow with feelings of love, passion and friendship. True romantics really love to “show off” their romantic prowess. If you are one of those dire-hard romantics or if you are a would-be romantic the right gift is sure to put you at the center of your intended’s attention.
1. Flowers always top the list of most romantic gifts. Everyone sends roses. Sure roses are nice and “yes” they are the symbol of love and romance, however some people actually prefer other varieties. Why not be original this Valentine’s Week? Find out what his/her favorite flowers are and send a dozen of those. A bouquet of birds of paradise, antherium or orchids with a card that says “my love (passion, feelings) for you is/are like a tropical heat wave” could be just the ticket to paradise. Sunflowers are especially nice for a friend, to spread some sunshine in the world, to brighten someone’s day. Visit www.EdenFlorist.com for more Valentine’s ideas.
2. Write a poem or a love letter. The art of letter writing is almost extinct (especially with the internet). Think about the last time you got a written note or card in the mail. Did it bring a smile to your face? Were you pleasantly surprised? Not a poet? Check out http://www.poemofquotes.com/tools/poetry-generator.php and http://www.romanceopedia.com/R-LovePoetry.html. Two great sources for finding and writing poetry for the object of your affection.
3. Be original. Why not hire an artist and get custom art created just for your intended? You could find one near you by calling a local art institute, vocational technical school or even college level art students. They will generally do it for the practice and a small fee (unless the one you choose is already famous).
4. Be his/her loyal servant. Everyone loves to be pampered. Give your valentine a gift certificate (or several) good for a chore of your choice (or theirs if you are brave). Check out http://www.edenflorist.com/article_info.php?articles_id=49 to download and print out some FREE gift certificates.
5. Relax and spend time together. Rent a movie, butter some popcorn, turn down the lights, ignore the phone, pager, and personal computer and cuddle together. Feed your valentine grapes, chocolate covered strawberries, or whatever will make him/her feel the romance. Make sure the movie is one they would really love to watch.
6. Create Valentine Balloon messages. Write special messages on little strips of paper (or create them on your computer) fold them and put them inside deflated latex balloons. Blow the balloons up (with air) and drop them around the house for your valentine to discover. Tape a Valentine card to the front door with instructions and a pin so they can “pop” the balloons.
7. Have a scavenger hunt. Write little notes about how you feel or what he/she means to you. “Hide” them around the house along with some candy or a special treat. Add a clue at the end of each note about where to find the next one. When she or he finds the last note, have a special something waiting there, say a candle-lit bubble bath and two glasses of wine.
8. Room service. Rent a fancy hotel room in your own town, order room service and watch movies for a whole weekend. A variation of this might be a day at the spa or make your own spa at home, complete with massage oils…etc.
9. Picnic for two, anyone? It could be outdoors or right in your own living room. Set the scene with candles, candies and his or her favorite food. Let’s not forget the champagne!
10. Write, “I love you” on the bathroom mirror, write little notes and stick them under the pillow, in their lunchbox, briefcase, car windshield, underwear drawer. Create your own valentine box. Ask your valentine to write a note every day from now until valentine’s and place it in the box. You do the same. On Valentine’s Day each of you take turns reading the contents over a romantic candlelit dinner or in front of the fireplace. Who knows, you just might get lucky that day! Be sure to order your Valentine Flowers early. Visit Eden Florist today!
(pictured: The Enchanted Bouquet)
Despite the occasional grumblings from consumers that Valentines Day was invented by the greeting card industry, Valentine’s Day actually has a long, rich history. Its earliest origins derive from a pagan festival called Lupercalia, in which Romans called upon the god Lupercus to keep the wolves away. As part of the festivities, Roman girls wrote their names on a slip of paper and placed them in a jar for the boys to draw from. The matches were supposed to be sweethearts until the next Lupercalia.
To read the rest of the History of Valentine’s Day, click here.
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(pictured: Incredible Lightness of Flowers – elegant vase)