Friday Fun: Valentine’s Trivia

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Did you know that in the Middle Ages, people believed that the first unmarried person of the opposite sex they met on the morning of Valentine’s Day was the person they were destined to marry? What a funny old wives’ tale! To celebrate Valentine’s, I thought it would be fun to have a little trivia game . . .  how well do you know your Valentine’s history?

1) In the mid-1800s, a printer and artist named Esther Howland was among the first to produce Valentine’s Day cards in America. What state was Esther from?

  • Massachusetts
  • Virginia
  • Vermont
  • New York

2) True or False: Handmade paper Valentines were being exchanged in various parts of Asia in the early to mid-1400s.

3) True or False: February 14 has long been associated with love and fertility, and it was believed that birds traditionally chose their mates on that day

4) What decade did the diamond industry begin to promote Valentine’s Day as an occasion to give jewelry?

  • 1950s
  • 1960s
  • 1970s
  • 1980s

5) Fill in the Blank: An ancient Celtic tradition of involved giving hand-carved __________ as Valentine’s gifts. 

6) True or False: In the Middle Ages, it was believed that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on that day, she would marry a farmer.

7) True or False: Valentine’s Day is the second largest card-sending holiday.

8) How much does the average American spend on Valentines Day?

  • $50
  • $75
  • $100
  • $125

9) What is the average amount of proposals that take place each year on Valentine’s Day?

  • 90,000
  • 160,000
  • 190,00
  • 220,000

10) In which Shakespearean play does a character sing, “Good morrow / ‘Tis Valentine’s Day / All in the morning betime / And I a maid at your window / To be your valentine!?”

Share your guesses in the comment section below (no cheating aka Googling!). The three people with the most correct guesses will win a copy of Amish Values for Your Family. I’ll reveal the answers and announce the winners next Friday. Good luck!

 

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Comments

  1. Dora Wagner says:

    1. Virginia
    2. False
    3. True
    4. 1980
    5. Fertility idols
    6. True
    7. True
    8. $125.00
    9. 190,000
    10. The Taming of the Shrew

  2. Sandi A. says:

    I don’t know any of the answers…but it was fun reading the questions. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. I had 5 right Thank you

  4. Marsha Cole says:

    1. Mass.
    2. False
    3. True
    4. 70’s
    5. spoon
    6. False
    7. False
    8. $125.00
    9. 190,000
    10. Hamlet

  5. Sharon says:

    1. Mass
    2. False
    3. False
    4. 1950’s
    5. Shamrock
    6. True
    7. True
    8. $50.00
    9. 190,000
    10. Taming of the shrew

  6. Courtney says:

    1. Massachusetts
    2. False
    3. False
    4. 1950s
    5. figure
    6. true
    7. true
    8. $125
    9. 190,000
    10. Hamlet

  7. Wen Dee says:

    Vermont, false, false, 1960, Shamrock, True, True, $75k, $160 K, Hamlet

  8. Regina Fujitani says:

    1. Massachusetts
    2. True
    3. False
    4. 1980
    5. Something wooden
    6. False
    7. True
    8. $75
    9. 90,000
    10. Unsure

  9. Laurence says:

    As much as I would have loved to win one of your books, I cannot answer the trivia. Being French, these questions are impossible for me to answer. I wish to thank you though for making “The Choice” free. I read and LOVED it !! Thank you Suzanne!

  10. susan greenoe says:

    1. massachusetts
    2. true
    3. true
    4. 1980s
    5. wooden spoons
    6.true
    7. true
    8. 125.00
    9. 220,000
    10. hamlet

  11. Karen Hansen says:

    1. Massachusetts
    2.False
    3. False
    4. 1950
    5. Wooden
    6. true
    7. true
    8. 75
    9. 220,000
    10. Hamlet

    All but 2 of them are crazy guesses

  12. Fraulein Adkins says:

    1. Vermont
    2.false
    3. True
    4. 1950’s
    5. Cupids
    6. False
    7. False
    8. 50

    9. 160,000
    10. Romeo and Juliet

    Lol, really had NO clue !!!!!! Good luck to all !

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