Thursday, February 14, 2019

A Valentine’s Day Crash Course by Toi Thomas

An English Victorian era Valentine card located in the Museum of London-Wikipedia
Hi there, Toi here. For this special day, I thought I’d share a quick-flash pop-culture lesson about this day as if you didn’t know anything about it. Before I dive in, I should explain that I don’t actually observe this day with my husband. I say Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone I pass and give gift cards to family and friends, but this is not an overly stressful day for me or my husband and we are never disappointed with the outcome of the day. We keep it real low-key and stay inside where it’s safe, and that’s how we like it.  

Here’s an idea of where this holiday came from.

Check out this snippet from the article, “10 VALENTINE’S DAY TRADITIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD” by Noreen, on the Today I Found Out site.

Be sure to click the link up top to read the full article and see all 10 traditions.

Here's an article I found from about how much money people in the U.S. spend on Valentine's Day.

Here’s a little lesson on the 1929 St Valentine’s Day Massacre

If you’re up for something more recent, check out this article I found, “ 20 Shocking Valentine's Day Crimes Committed by Lovers,” by Jacob Shelton on the Ranker site (I’d never heard of this site before and do not vouch for its accuracy, but it's really interesting).

Here are a few Valentine's themed movies, but I can't vouch for whether they'll put you in a romantic mood. 

Here are the top 4 Valentine’s Day themed books from Goodread’s Listopia (I’ve not read or heard of any of these, but then I’m still getting into romance as a genre, on the whole). See the full list here.

BTW- I too tried my little novice hand at writing romance and think I did a pretty good job. 

Here’s a little Frank Sinatra for all the music lovers out there. If you know any other songs about Valentine’s Day or with Valentine’s Day in them, I’d love to know all about them.

If you didn’t fall in love with this post, I do hope you at least found it entertaining. And whether you observe or not, I wish you all Peace, Love, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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