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