No one appears to know for certain who the original Valentine was. It could have been a priest who served during the third century or it may have been a pagan figure cleaned up and adopted by Christianity. Whoever and however Valentine's Day came to be celebrated on February 14, the card, candy and flower producers and retailers are definitely feeling the love.
While the cards and candy are great for the kids and teens, men and women are looking for something more meaningful. Try one of these natural alternatives this year.
Gifts from men:
- A handwritten note on any card or paper that tells her exactly how you feel about her. The fact that men find it difficult to express their true feelings is what makes this gift priceless (more than one paragraph, please). Slip the card or note into a red envelope and present it with a single flower from the florist.
- Purchase a bottle of fragrant massage oil and gift her with a 45-minute massage.
- Take her out to a movie and hold her hand, put your arm around her shoulder and sneak a kiss or two. Women love romance.
Gifts from women:
- Bake his favorite cake, pie or cookies. Present it on a cake stand with red tissue paper. Use Stevia or Domino's light sugar to reduce the calories, not the taste.
- Purchase a bottle of fragrant massage oil and gift him with a 45-minute massage.
- Give him a five-day no-nagging pass to use in February. Present it in a red envelope beneath an individual bag of M&M candy.
Make this day of romance about romance. Married couples might want to start a Valentine's savings account. Put the money you might have spent into a piggy bank. After the amount has grown a little, start a second honeymoon savings account and take the vacation of your dreams. Shared goals help bind a marriage.
FYI, according to History.com, Valentine's Day is also celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.