14 things you didn’t know about Valentine’s Day – including why ‘x’ symbolises a kiss! By Jennifer Ebert

We’ve got 14 ‘who knew?’ facts about February 14

We all know that Valentine’s Day (also known as Feast of Saint Valentine) is celebrated on February 14th to show our loved ones how much they are adored.

But who was St. Valentine? Why do we send chocolates? Where does the red rose tradition come from? We’ve done some digging and found all the facts you need to know about the big day…

Valentine's Day facts

1. Where did Valentine’s Day come from?

The most popular theory says that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime, but a chap called Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings.

2. Why is it celebrated on February 14?

In 1537, King Henry VII officially declared February 14 as the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day – and it has stuck ever since.

3. Why are red roses traditional?

Valentine's Day facts

The red rose was the favourite flower of Venus – the Roman goddess of love.

Related: Why you should NEVER send yellow roses on Valentine’s Day if you want to impress your lover

4. When was the first Valentine’s Day card sent?

Valentine's Day facts

The Duke of Orleans sent the earliest Valentine’s card to his wife whilst he was a prisoner in the Tower of London in the 15th century.

5. Why does an ‘X’ symbolise a kiss?

People in

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18 Simmering Potpourri Recipes To Make Your Home Smell Heavenly BY VANESSA BEATY

One of my favorite things about fall is simmering potpourri. I use potpourri throughout the year but the scents of fall and the holidays wafting through my home just really set the holiday mood. If you don’t simmer potpourri for the holidays, you should and I have found 18 wonderfully scented recipes to get you started. These range from smells of Christmas to just a clean fresh fragrance that you are going to love. They are all really easy to put together and are much less expensive than store bought sprays and candles. And, they fill your entire home with fragrance.

18 Simmering Potpourri Recipes To Make Your Home Smell HeavenlyWhether you enjoy the scent of cinnamon and orange for Christmas or you prefer cranberry, apple cider or something floral, you are going to find the perfect simmering potpourri recipe to fill your home with wonderful scents this holiday season. Homemade potpourri is really easy to make and can be done with things that you likely have on hand. And, you can upcycle things like orange peel and apple cores to make them. If you really love creating your own scents, you should be sure to check out these fabulous DIY scented oil mason jar candles.

These room scents are wonderfully strong – not too strong – and they’re easy to simmer. You can do these in simmer pots or you can simply put them on the top of your stove and let them simmer in a regular pot. I love how easy they are and how wonderful they make your home smell. These are perfect to leave simmering throughout your family gatherings or just anytime you want the wonderful scent of the holidays to waft through your home. And, if you want to add to your festive décor, you can add a few of these 15 decorative candles and votives. You can make these for

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102 Wicked Things To Do: #31 Scarecrow

I have always loved scarecrows.

They are not that hard to make and can be practically free if you have some basic stuff laying around the house. Scrap wood, old clothes, hats, gloves, some burlap, tree trimmings, old sheets etc…. the possibilities are endless.

One of my favorites scarecrows is from the movie Sleepy Hollow.
So simple, So classic, So Halloween!

The first scarecrow I made was after seeing that movie. I did it in an afternoon with some wood, old branches, black plastic, and a

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This Witch is baking in her kitchen By The Silver Sage Witch of NewFound-Life.com

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40+ HOMEMADE HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS! By Jill

We gathered up Over 40 of the BEST Homemade Halloween Decorations to share with you today! These Spooky ideas are very easy to make and you will have the scariest house in your neighborhood! We always love decorating for every Holiday. Halloween is one of our favorites. You can get creative, sloppy, and neglect the dusting to fit with the “theme”…it’s wonderful!

Over 40 of the BEST DIY Halloween Decorations & Craft Ideas!

Halloween Flower Centerpiece from Pockets Filled with Posies

Halloween Flower Centerpiece...these are the BEST DIY Halloween Decor & Homemade Craft Ideas!

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Wood Crate Pumpkins from Crafty Morning

Wood Crate Pumpkins...these are the BEST Homemade Halloween Decorations & Craft ideas!

Halloween Wine Glass Candle Holders from The Keeper of the Cheerios

Halloween Wine Glass Candle Holders...these are the BEST Homemade Halloween Decorations & Craft Ideas!

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