15 Favorite Movies For Date Night
Valentine’s Day – marked by flowers and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate – is celebrated in the US and other countries around the world. The holiday isn’t solely for couples; school children often exchange cards or candy hearts. All those candy hearts and boxes of chocolate add up to big business. American’s are expected to spend about $1.8 billion on sweets for the holiday, topping the sale of jewelry and other popular traditional purchases, according to the American Retail Federation.
But where did Valentine’s Day begin? Its root go back to both Christian and ancient Roman traditions. The ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia from Feb. 13 to 15. In the 5th century, Pope Gelasius eliminated the pagan celebration of Lupercalia and declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day to celebrate the martyrdom of Saint Valentine. Valentine’s Day became romanticized through the works of Chaucer and Shakespeare. Written valentine greetings began to appear in the 1400’s and the first mass-produced valentines in America were sold in the 1840s. Today, an estimated 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, second only to the number of cards sent at Christmas.
While many consider Valentine’s Day the perfect time to explore a new restaurant and plan a night on the town, others prefer a low key Valentine’s Day at home. If you fall into the latter category, consider curling up with the one you love and a good movie. The library’s collection contains almost 5,000 DVDs, including popular romantic comedies. With so many options to choose from, consider these staff favorites – all available at your local Fauquier County Public Library.
Sabrina (1954 )
Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator, Fauquier County Public Library
*This article first appeared in the February 13 edition of The Fauquier Times