Do You See In Red?
Well, that infamous day has arrived. Valentines Day. For some, they are blinded by the darker shades of grey, and blind to red on this particular day. I use to be too. In fact, I think I have been single every V-Day up until 3 Years ago. I always kind of loathed the day, in part because I was always single, and in part because I do see it as a very wasteful day of consumption. Does that sound negative and Ba-humbug-ish? Sorry about that. I’m a romantic at heart, I promise.
I met my current girlfriend just shy of 3 years ago, so I have had a “valentine” for a few years now. But we don’t celebrate in the traditional way. Meaning, there aren’t bunches of roses and heart-shaped chocolates and big expensive dinners out. Instead, I try to do something different, and a little more sustainable. For example, a couple of years ago I made her a card out of an old piece of wood and some paints.
This year, I made her a vegan, sugar-free, flourless no-bake cookie. She doesn’t eat sugar (or agave, or maple syrup, etc) and she doesn’t eat flour. And we are vegan. So I needed to find something that followed those rules, and was not super complicated…not complicated, because I am not all that stable in the kitchen. 🙂
She was very happy and touched by her Valentines Day surprise. I have a lot of fun trying to think of creative ways to express myself to my girlfriend…whether it be for valentines day, birthdays, or other holidays. Homemade gifts are full of thought, and therefore, for many, the gifts are extra appreciated, because they are more than just a simple purchase. I understand, bought gifts are nice too, but there are other options, should you wish to mix things up a bit 😉
I hope you all have a lovely V-Day and if you are single, celebrate with your other single friends….Love is not contained for lovers only.
And to end, here are some fun Valentines Day Facts you may or may not be aware of:
- In medieval times girls ate bizarre foods as they believed that this would enable them to meet their future spouse in their dreams on this day. In middle ages, names of young men and women were drawn from a bowl and were declared each other’s valentines. These names were then pinned to their sleeves for everyone to witness for one week. That’s how the famous expression, “to wear your heart on your sleeve” originated.
- Valentine’s Day has been claimed to be, “Number 1 holiday for florists”. This one particular day brings in business of worth $14.7 billion.
- Each year 189 million flowers are sold in U.S. on Valentine’s Day out of which approximately 110 million are red. So from where do all those flowers come? 60% of American roses are produced in California but on Valentine’s Day 90% flowers are imported from Columbia and Ecuador.
- People who buy flowers on this day are 73 % men and only 27 % women. Out of this minimal number of 27% there are 15% of women who buy flowers only for themselves in U.S. A number of women also buy flowers for their mothers and daughters on Valentine’s Day.
- In late 1800s the first box of chocolate was introduced by Richard Cadbury exclusively for Valentine’s Day. Each year more than 35 million heart-shaped chocolate boxes are sold particularly for this day out of which chocolate worth $1 billion are purchased in the U.S. alone.
- The average number of wedding proposals taking place on Valentine’s Day is 220,000 and it is 10% of the total marriage proposals taking place in a year. This means if you were in Scottsdale, Arizona everyone would be making a proposal.
- 3% of the pet owners prefer celebrating Valentine’s Day with their pets and get them gifts. The reason is that most pet owners consider animals to be more grateful and loyal than humans.
- In Bangkok a bunch of dozen roses are sold at the rate of $487 and for one Rose $45 is charged. In Hong Kong it is for $205, in Singapore $148, in London, UK $96, in Africa $90 and in U.S. $ 75 would be charged for a bunch. So all of those who consider Roses to be cheap should think again because they are certainly not on Valentine’s Day.
- Each color of rose sent on Valentine’s day have some meaning e.g. red rose means love and respect, pink says, “I am having sweet thoughts about you” and white rose stands for purity and states, “I am worthy of you”. Also the number of roses also counts for instance, 1 stands for love at first sight, 12 is to say, “I love you”, 108 recommended for marriage proposals and 999 means “we’ll always be together.”
- Approximately 8 billion candy hearts are manufactured each year for Valentine’s Day; this means there are enough candies to be stretched 20 times from Italy to Arizona back and forth.
And for a laugh….
Enjoyed your post about Valentine’s Day and the V-Day facts at the end were fascinating. I especially liked the cartoon. Your gift ideas have been wonderfully creative and it looks like the cookie turned out nicely. I bet it was tasty, too. I wish I was more creative and talented when it comes to arts & crafts, but after nine years of store-bought gifts for my partner, this year I actually tried something different. I cut different sized hearts out of red, pink and purple-colored construction paper. On each of the hearts I wrote a reason I love her, then glued them to a background and put it in a frame I bought (not quite skilled enough – at least not yet – to make one). I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out so I got her a gift card to one of her favorite stores as a “fall back” gift. The card will certainly get used, but she absolutely loved the personalized, handmade gift. Our three rescue/shelter dogs like to think they helped with the process as they continually sniffed and checked out everything I was doing. And, in the process, I accidentally got a small cut to my finger, but hey, I survived my first attempt at a homemade gift without a trip to the ER, so it was a success all around, LOL. Tonight we’ll get a quick bite for dinner, then come home and watch a romantic comedy. Happy Valentine’s Day to you both! Enjoy your evening and weekend. With all the snow New York is getting, it sounds like a good time to stay snuggled in with each other, the pups, and Tux.
Awww thanks for sharing! I love what you made as a gift! Sounds super creative. I hope you both have a fantastic V Day! 🙂