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Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day

Hi everyone, hope you are keeping safe after the disastrous week, we’ve all been having with storm Ciara causing chaos and destruction up and down the country. My heart goes out to all those that have lost there homes and place of business.

Valentine’s Day as come around once again. It is day that is for everyone, not just for those that are already in a romantic entanglement. You never know what the day may bring, for you could be about to embark on a new romance, or you might find the answer behind the mystery valentine card that you received. Love can come all year round, but this day is full of romance, mystery and finding out who is your secret admirer, it gives some the courage to say how they feel, and you never know you might find your true love along the way,

February 14 may be the most romantic day of the year, but there is much more to this holiday than just that. When the Roman Emperor Claudius II had outlawed marriage in 270 AD, but Saint Valentine continued to marry men and women. It had to be all done in secret, so that the Emperor never found out. Even though it was traditional that men and women to exchange flowers on their wedding day, as this was a sign of good luck and a start to a “blooming” relationship. Today we continue to celebrate love on February 14, the day that Saint Valentine died, by exchanging flowers, to the more modern chocolate and teddy bears.

Here are a few facts about Valentine’s Day that will enlighten you to what this day really means.

Valentine’s Day Facts:

  • Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Every year, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country.
  • Sorry men, it looks like you’ll be spending twice as much as women this year on gifts. The average man spends $130 on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70.
  • In the 1300s, it officially became a holiday associated with love and romance.
  • February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world.
  • Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends.
  • Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913.
  • The first valentine was sent in the 15th century. The oldest record of a valentine being sent, was a poem written by a French medieval duke named Charles to his wife in 1415. Charles penned this sweet note to his lover while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London at just 21 years old. One of the lines in the poem? “I am already sick of love, My very gentle Valentine.”
  • More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.
  • Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.
  • The heart is associated with Valentine’s Day as it is considered the source of all human emotions.
  • Not until the 1840s did we get the first mass-produced valentines. People started exchanging cards and handwritten letters to both lovers and friends during the 17th century, but it was in the 1840s that the first Valentine’s Day cards were mass-produced in the U.S., sold by Esther A. Howland. Known as the “Mother of the American Valentine,” Howland is credited with commercializing Valentine’s Day cards in America, and she is remembered for her elaborate, crafty cards made with lace and ribbons.
  • The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years. In addition to creating arguably the richest, creamiest, and sweetest chocolate on the market, Richard Cadbury also introduced the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates in 1868,
  • The heart shape wasn’t always a romantic symbol. According to Time, the heart was once widely believed to be humans’ center of memory, where feelings of love were recorded. However, we have French and Italian artists from the 14th century to thank for the symbol that we know and love today, as they were the first ones to start using this motif in their work.
  • About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year.
  • Cupid’s bow and arrow aren’t just for show. In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, Medium reports. According to CNN, he’s often depicted with a bow and arrows to pierce hearts and cast a spell of love.
  • Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day of the year for sending cards. Christmas is the first most popular…
  • Approximately 27 percent of those who buy flowers on Valentine’s Day are women. Only 73% are men.
  • 13220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future husband.
  • Every Valentine’s Day, the city of Verona, Italy receives thousands of letters addressed to Juliet, from the character from Romeo and Juliet. Volunteers from the Juliet club respond to each letter and awards the “Cara Giulietta” (“Dear Juliet”) prize to the author of the most romantic letter.
  • In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
  • In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
  • Red rose is a favorite flower of Venus. For this reason, red rose is also the symbol of Valentine’s Day. All over the world, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.
  • Groundhog Day was originally observed on February 14.
  • The symbol of the ribbon, which often adorns modern-day Valentines, is rooted in the Middle Ages. When knights competed in tournaments, their sweethearts often gave them ribbons for good luck.
  • The name Valentine is derived from a Latin word meaning valor.
  • The popular medieval folk belief that birds choose their mates on February 14 made doves a favorite symbol for Valentine cards. The dove was sacred to Venus and other love deities and was known for choosing a lifelong mate.
  • A kiss on Valentine’s Day is considered to bring good luck all year.
  • On Valentine’s Day, many people buy flowers. Different colored roses have different meanings. Red means love, yellow means friendship, and pink means friendship or sweetheart. Red carnations mean admiration, white carnations mean pure love, red chrysanthemums mean love, forget-me-nots mean true love, primrose means young love, and larkspur means an open heart.

5 Flowers Searched The Most For Valentine’s Day

There are five flowers that are searched the most for valentine’s Day, but before you go out and spend your money on the flowers make sure you know what the intended person likes, as you don’t want any awkward moments on a day that is full of romance.

Valentine’s Roses

There is no surprise that roses came top of the list for being the number one searchable flower. Roses are associated with romance, passion and beauty so its no surprise that their are over 51% of people who tend to buy red roses for Valentine’s Day. There are 150 different ones for you to choose from, that is bound to fit your valentine’s taste.

Carnations

Carnations are right behind roses in the popularity contest, it is likely down to their affordable price, and feminine style. It is a good pick for any new relationship that as just started, or at their early stages. Carnations have multiple choices of different colours for you to choose from, so you are certain to find one to fit your valentine’s style.

Valentine’s Lilies

Whether it is red, pink, white or orange, lilies they are an ideal choice for a more elegant and sophisticated recipient, you cannot go wrong with lilies as they have a variety of colours to choose from, Casa Blanca lilies are for a more dramatic effect, that surely please someone with a refined taste.

Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria is also known by two other names, Peruvian Lily and Lily of the Incas, it is a popular flower choice for this holiday. The buds are a fitting selection to have in a bouquet as they compliment the other flower buds nicely, particularly red and pink roses and the lavender waxflower. They are one of the longest lasting cuts of flowers, that have multiple blooms per stem. They signify devotion, which makes them a good choice for that special person in your life.

Valentine’s Tulips

Tulips are still an excellent choice of flower to give to a special valentine, even though they appear to have a simpler appearance to them.  You have a multitude of colors to choose from, that would fit in with your valentine’s taste, also red tulips are away of signifying your declaration of love, making this the perfect choice for this holiday.

Thank you for stopping by. See you next week!

Father’s Day Out Ideas

Hi everyone, this week’s post will be about places you can go on Father’s Day. It doesn’t matter if it is with your real dad, a stepfather or someone that has been a permanent role model in your life, it’s for those who chose to stick around.

To me a dad as to earn that title. I was fortunate to have this amazing man who to me was a better father figure than my biological one. This time of year is kind of hard for me, as this truly amazing man was sadly took from us seven years ago.

Places To Go:

Indoor Activities

What if it rains? Well if the weather is going to be as bad as it is during this week, you may want to start looking at something to do inside on Father’s Day. Here is a few ideas just to get you started:

Team Sport Karting

Father's Day Out, Go Karting

Why not take dad Go Karting, it is a good day out for the whole family. The track length is up to an epic 1000m, so enough space to have a friendly competition, Dad VS Kids. The first one round the final lap, can chose where to go next, chose a movie, or even have your favorite dessert! There are 33 Team Sport Karting venues, right across the UK, featuring multi-level tracks. So why not come on down and have a fun day out.
https://www.team-sport.co.uk/

The Dinosaur Museum
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The Dinosaur Museum is one of a kind in Great Britain, as this is the only museum dedicated solely to the fascinating world of dinosaurs. It is Britain’s award winning museum. This museum consists of life sized reconstructions of the dinosaurs, using fossils and skeletons to create an exciting hands on experience. Using a hands on display can help tell the story of these prehistoric animals and you will be enthralled by the world that happened millions of years ago. This museum is fascinating and has you mesmerised from start to finish. It is a great day out for the family, and you get to learn a lot about these pre-historic animals, that once ruled the earth. Just click below to visit the website.
https://www.thedinosaurmuseum.com/

Blue Planet Aquarium
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The Blue Planet Aquarium is a captivating underwater world, just waiting for you to come and discover all of its wonders. It is home to more than 100 living displays, as well as one of Europe largest collection of sharks, this aquarium offers plenty of marine life to revel in. You can go and have a wander to the Coral Cave, or take a trip to the Underwater Shark Tunnel and watch them swim over your head, or head down to the Flooded Forest and look at some exotic fish. There are 14 shows daily, where you see the divers feeding the fish at their spectacular Aqua Theatre presentation, There you will learn more about the aquatic animals of the ocean. For more details click on the link below.
https://www.blueplanetaquarium.com/

Cinema Trip

Father's Day Out, Cinema

If it’s miserable outside this Father’s Day, why not kick back at the cinema and watch a film that your dad has been dying to see. It doesn’t mean you have to be stuck at home, so don’t let the weather stop you from having fun and spending quality time with your family… Taking dad and the kids out for a cinema trip and afterwards go for a tasty meal to celebrate. Here is a list of just a few movies that is on around the UK, but each cinema will have their own selection of movie showings, so please check your local cinema for details before going.

Films that’s on Around the UK are:
Walt Disney’s Aladdin
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Rocketman
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Outdoor Activities

There’s nothing like being out in the open when the weather is warm or with a breeze. I have concocted a list of some things you can possibly do with your dad on Father’s Day!

Marwell Zoo, Hampshire

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Marwell Zoo as 140 acres of ground and gardens to cover. It is home to hundreds of exotic and endangered species. It will be a unique once in a lifetime experience, as it will allow you to get up close and personal with some of nature’s most endangered species, a day you will never forget and it will give you some unforgettable memories.
From giraffes to rhinos, and reptiles to penguins. It features 5 adventure playgrounds, road and rail trains, this zoo literally as it all. If you get hungry why not head down to Marwell’s Café Graze Restaurant, where you can either eat in or take the food out to the picnic area. Marwell Zoo is a place to be, for taking the family out on Father’s Day, it as something for everyone.
https://www.marwell.org.uk/zoo/

Zip World
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Zip world is an adventure in itself, there is so much to do, whether you are flying through the caverns, while taking in some of their breath-taking views of the valley as you zip line across, it really is captivating. It is something that everyone must try at least once to get the full exhilarating experience. Adventure awaits for those who like to live in the fast lane. This adventure would be a good Father’s Day thrill fest and would best suit the older kids. Please check their website below for more details, and also on what you should wear to go Zip lining, Above all else be safe.
https://www.zipworld.co.uk/

Miniature Golf
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Looking for a more relaxing day out, why not go to your nearest Mini Golf Course. It is a place everyone can join in, The Mini Golf course is for children of all ages, so no-one gets left out and you will get to spend time with your dad while having a great family day out. You will be sure to make some lasting and happy memories along the way! If you are a beginner don’t worry, it will give your dad a chance to show off his own putting skills, as he will show you how to hold the stick, right down to hitting the putt. In next to know time you will out shine your dad. But always remember to have fun.

The Last Word

There are still things you can do with your dad on Father’s Day that doesn’t have to cost anything, like going on a picnic, or play ball, whether it is catch or football. Kids will love anything as long as they spend time with their dad on Father’s Day. So whatever you do have fun and enjoy. See you all next week, and have a Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Today:

Thanksgiving day is a national holiday that is celebrated in the United States, which occurs on the 4th Thursday in November every year.  The US celebrate it with family and friends, by watching football and having turkey with all the trimmings. In some households, they go round the table saying what they are most thankful for. After that, they would gear up by looking for Santa during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Did you ever wonder how Thanksgiving came about? Read the history of Thanksgiving and The Fun Facts about it too.

The History of Thanksgiving:

The story of Thanksgiving started in September by the English Colonists that we refer to as pilgrims, they celebrated the days of Thanksgiving as part of their religion. Back then, it would be days of prayers, not days of feasting, but the national holiday really stems from the feast in autumn of 1621, by the pilgrims and Wampanoag it was to celebrate the first successful harvest.

The Colonists at Plymouth and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast at their Plantation where settlers held their feast after a successful growing season… The celebrations for the pilgrims went on for three days, which is recognised today, like the beginning of the first Thanksgiving.

20 Facts about Thanksgiving:

  • The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians. Many historians believe that only five women were present at that first Thanksgiving,
  • Thanksgiving did not become a national holiday until over 200 years later! Sarah Josepha Hale, who was the woman who actually wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” eventually convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after she wrote letters for 17 years of campaigning for this to happen.
  • No forks at the first Thanksgiving! The meal was eaten with spoons and knives. That’s right, forks were not even introduced to the Pilgrims until 10 years later and weren’t a popular utensil until the 18th century.
  • Thanksgiving is the reason for TV dinners! In 1953, Swanson had so much extra turkey (260 tons) that a salesman told them they should package them onto aluminium trays with like sweet potatoes on the side, and hey presto the first TV dinner was born!
  • Thanksgiving was almost a fast, not a feast! The early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food, which is what they planned on doing to celebrate their first harvest, that is until the Wampanoag Indians joined them and (lucky for us!) turned their fast into a three-day feast!
  • Presidential pardon of a turkey: Each year, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. The first turkey pardon ceremony started with President Truman in 1947. President Obama pardoned a 45-pound turkey named Courage, who has flown to Disneyland and served as Grand Marshal of the park’s Thanksgiving Day parade!
  • Why is Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November? President Abe Lincoln said Thanksgiving would be the fourth Thursday in November, but in 1939 President Roosevelt moved it up a week hoping it would help the shopping season during the Depression era. It never caught on and it was changed back two years later.
  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1924 with 400 employees marching from Convent Ave to 145th Street in New York City. No large balloons were at this parade, as it featured only live animals from Central Park Zoo.
  • Turkey isn’t responsible for drowsiness or the dreaded “food coma.”So what is? Scientists say that extra glass of wine, the high-calorie meal or relaxing after a busy work schedule is what makes you drowsy.
  • How did the tradition of watching football on Thanksgiving day start? The NFL started the Thanksgiving Classic games in 1920 and since then the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted games on Turkey Day. In 2006, a third game was added with different teams hosting.
  • Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour when they are scared, but domesticated turkeys that are bred are heavier and can’t run quite as fast.
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted it to be the turkey that represents the national bird, not the eagle.
  • Americans eat 46 million turkeys.
  • Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first meal while walking on the moon was foiled packets with roasted turkey.
  • The heaviest turkey on record, according to the Guinness Book of Records, weighed 86 pounds.
  • Californians consume the most turkeys in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day!
  • Female turkeys (called hens) do not gobble. Only male turkeys gobble.
  • The average turkey for Thanksgiving weighs 15 pounds.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving Day, from my family to yours!