That was weird to me. I never understood it, but I liked roses, so I joined in.
But for the past few years, we've spent Valentine's Day at home. Away from the chaos and honestly, it's like most date nights we have at home. One of us cooks something a bit more special than the usual evening at home. Champagne or a nice bottle of wine is poured. Maybe we watch a romantic (or dark) comedy or mystery.
We're just together. And even though the history of Valentine's Day is actually a bit scary - it doesn't have to be a scary day. Revisit the holiday and make it all about LOVE. Not commercial love - but real love. Do something nice for someone - maybe its your sweetie and maybe its not. Do something nice for yourself. Be happy and in love with life.
Just because you can.
This Valentine's Day, I'll be cooking up Jeff's favorite (and a healthier version) of Chicken Cordon Bleu.
P.S. Get the recipe here: Chicken Cordon Bleu
THE "NOT SO SWEET" HISTORY OF VALENTINE'S DAY
This romantic holiday is named after a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century. It also is known to be named after the Roman feast, Lupercalia, which was celebrated from Feb. 13 to 15. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.
The Roman romantics "were drunk. They were naked," says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile.
An excerpt from npr.org 2011. Read more about the Dark Origins of Valentine's Day here.