Tonight’s game, of course, was centered on Valentine’s Day trivia and was followed by a challenging Valentine’s word search contest. Droppin’ finished a bit ahead of Sean and Duncan in the pretty difficult regular game. Who knew that the goddess of marriage was Juno, or that the first known Valentine’s Day card was sent in 1415.
First time player Ashley held up the women’s honor and won the timed Valentine word search contest, finishing in way under 10 minutes. She won a nice gift certificate to Main Street Cafe, but didn’t stay for the winners photo and you can see why – those guys just couldn’t wait to get into the chocolate. Thanks for a great VDay party Darin.
Good Question!: Before it became fashionable to give chocolates and flowers, what was the traditional gift given by a man to a woman on St Valentines Day?
Answer: A Pair of Gloves
Prior to the Elizabethan era, gloves were worn almost exclusively by men. But, by the late 16th century, gloves became a traditional Valentine’s Day gift for women. In fact, it became custom for a young woman to approach her man of choice and utter the verse: “Good-morrow Valentine, I go today; To wear for you, what you must pay; A pair of gloves next Easter Day.” Having thus been ambushed, the man was expected to send the woman a gift of gloves to wear on Easter Sunday. Sometimes men sent women gloves without an invitation. If the lady wore the gloves on Easter, it was a sign that she favored the gentleman’s romantic overtures.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to watch a romantic movie with your sweetheart. How about Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard”:
For a nice list of other romantic movie trailers see this article from the CBC News Arts Online.
Valentine’s Day Fun Facts
- About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That’s the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas. Women purchase 85% of all valentines.
- California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine’s Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.
- Amongst the earliest Valentine’s Day gifts were candies. The most common were chocolates in heart shaped boxes. Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentines Day candy box in the late 1800s.
- In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
- The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day. BTW, Verona has a wonderful bronze statue of Juliet, whose right breast is very shiny from the good luck rubs from tourists from all over the world.
- About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets. Get a life!
sources: learnenglish.de, smithsonianmag.com,