Roses are red, Violets are blue, Breadsticks are cheaper than dinner for 2. People have started a strange trend for Valentine's day, and we can see why everyone's going crazy for it...

What really is the meaning behind Valentine's day?

Valentine’s day might just be a big corporate scheme, but it doesn’t have to be.  

It's more than that.

It’s no surprise that card and flower companies exploit Valentine’s day for all it’s worth, but the day itself happens to have a rich history. Scroll to the end to see the bizarre bouquets people have been getting for their loved ones.

Who is St. Valentine?

It all started in the third century… With a guy called Claudius the second; he banned his people from getting married because he believed it made his soldiers weeker.

Someone needs a hug.

One of Claudius’ Roman priests – St. Valentine – felt this was out of order, and began marrying the soldiers behind his back.

He did him dirty.

When Claudius found out about St. Valentine’s betrayal, he was sentenced to jail. Funnily enough, this is where he met the love of his life. Ironic, right?

This was obviously forbidden.

The love of his life turned out to be the jailer’s daughter, which was obviously forbidden.

Things escalated.

St. Valentine was sentenced to death. It’s what he did before his execution that created the tradition of Valentine’s day.

He sent a love letter.

Signed “your Valentine,” just before being executed on February the 14th.

It went on to signify the beginning of spring.

Nowadays, it’s a way for people to express their love and gratitude for the special people in their lives. And a way for big companies to turn the holiday into a big money-making event.

It's crazy how much people spend.

According to the National Retail Federation, people are expected to spend an average of $161 on Valentine’s day.

It doesn't just have to be a box of chocolates or a teddy bear.

Valentine’s day has seen many people around the world celebrate the day in wacky and wonderful ways, to show the people they love that they care. Here are just 15 of the best.

Traveling with your partner.

People have started traveling to different places around the world to share their love of cultures with one another. I have to admit, I’d much rather spend my money on an adventure rather than book a meal in an overcrowded restaurant.

Cupid costume.

This might not be something you want your partner to do for you, or even wear in the same room as you, but this trend of dressing up as Cupid has become quite popular at Valentine’s day parties. If you’re not really the romantic type, this could be just the thing you need.

"Quirkyalone Day."

This is basically a singles awareness day. It has created a space for people who are focusing on loving themselves or people who haven’t found the one yet. It’s a great idea to create a reason to give yourself the care and love you deserve. Just remember, self-care shouldn’t just be for one day. And don’t ever worry about being alone on Valentine’s day, everyone is at different points in their lives! Treat yourself to a bit of Valentine’s day love.

Group date.

People have started to celebrate Valentine’s day in groups with their close friends. There’s no rule that you have to spend the day with just your significant other. After all, Valentine’s day is all about showing gratitude to all the people you love in your life.

Free hugs.

Some people are taking to the streets to offer hugs to complete strangers. Because, why not?

Buying gifts for themselves.

We don’t usually need an excuse to buy myself something, but if St. Valentine wants to give me another reason to buy myself a new handbag, then we’re not complaining. Go ahead and splurge on yourself!

Change the date.

Changing the date of Valentine’s day is a pretty good idea because it allows people to celebrate with their loved ones without being stuck in an overcrowded restaurant. This also lets couples find a day that best suits them.

All girls slumber party.

It’s time to crack open the boxed wine and scour Netflix for the best chick flicks to watch with your besties. This is a cheap and fun-filled alternative to the more traditional V-Day celebrations.

Meaningful gifts.

Some people think the best way to show you care on Valentine’s day is to buy the most expensive gift. But we guarantee if you put the effort into getting something your partner actually wants, you’re doing so much better. Even if you don’t think its particularly romantic, it shows you’ve put thought into your gift.

Go for a drive.

Going for a late-night drive can be romantic, and also gives you a chance to talk to each other without any disruptions. It can be difficult to find the time to spend alone together without life getting in the way, but simple things like going for a drive together can show the other you’re making the effort to spend time with them.

Donate to charity.

Why not share the love by donating what you’d usually spend on the day, to a charity of your choice and make a difference.

Don't hook up.

Some people are embracing the single life, as tempting as it is to find a fellow singleton to spend the night with, it can be just as good to spend that time with yourself. It’s just as (if not more) important to work on feeling the love for yourself. Why not spend Valentine’s day with yourself and work on what you want to have achieved within the year? Then treat yourself to a nice meal and a cheeky glass of champagne?

Matching PJ's

People might think it’s a bit over the top, but they are a cute way to spend some cozy time with your partner. Why not bond over your matching onesies, which don’t have to just be for Valentine’s day.

Odd bouquet

Roses are usually the most gifted things on Valentine’s day, but people are taking the classic gift and putting their own spin on it. Keep scrolling to see what people are making.

That's one way to a girl's heart.

There has been an uprising of people giving bouquets of chicken nuggets to their loved ones.

Well, it's original.

Nearly all of the Instagram pictures show nuggets on sticks, some accompanied by fries, and some with chocolates included in the bouquet too.

It's a nice gender-neutral gift.

Who’s to say guys can’t enjoy a bouquet of roses, or a nice box of chocolates. However, if your guy loves his meat, Manly Man Company offers half-pound rose and daisy bouquets made of beef jerky.

But the latest crazy bouquet?

Well, that comes from none other than Olive Garden. In fact, this breadstick bouquet is a part of a wider Olive Garden’s Valentine’s Day ToGo dinner for two.

The three-course dinner starts at $34.99.

And as a bonus, it’s all to-go – meaning you don’t need to try to book a table in advance. But it’s undoubtedly the breadstick bouquet that’s the star of the show! Fancy some more weird Valentine’s trends? Scroll on for the romantic take on the Christmas tree …

It all started with one simple Tweet.

Laura Norkin pointed out that this is the first time many of us are seeing their partners in “full work mode.” And she shared her horrifying discovery: her husband says “let’s circle back.” What does that even mean?

Other people chimed in with their experiences.

No, not one more question, the meeting is done. Sometimes it’s tough to see the darkest parts of your spouse.

It's even tougher when they follow you on Twitter.

Oooh, busted. She probably has one more question for him, and it’s “are you sleeping on the couch or the floor tonight?”

It's not always that the partner has a bad work persona.

Sometimes it’s just so wildly different from who they are at home. Do they keep a secret doppelganger in the closet?

And it's not just the words people use that change.

Some people speak with an entirely different voice! It’s like customer service voice for the office.

Now we're all wondering about the people we love to hate in the office.

How are their spouses handling these revelations? Will they survive being alone together?

Not all work personas are bad.

As one commenter pointed out “just to clarify” is a great way to point out how absolutely idiotic someone is being.

But there are some lines that can't be crossed.

I swear to god if anyone says “out of pocket” I’m leaving this house and taking my chances out there in the wasteland.

But at least there are people like this guy who give us hope.

The true Male Ally who stands up for his female colleagues when they get interrupted. What a dream.

It just hurts to find out that he's not the person you thought he was.

Let’s table it? How could you do this to me? I never would have married a “let’s table it!”

It's not even just corporate jargon.

Some work spouses are just…weird? Apparently this one turns into an old-timey upperclass guy.

Some people have been hiding skills from their spouses.

Like this husband who has secretly been small-talking all along. What a betrayal!

A few people were self-aware enough to out themselves.

Have you ever said something and as it comes out of your mouth you just cringe? This is that.

Which is probably how we end up with this guy...

If I heard someone say “I’m giving you a few minutes back in your day” I’d probably assume they were an idiot too.

A good work persona can add some spice back into the marriage.

The key to managing your frustration in the workplace is knowing how to translate what you want to say into business speak.

Professionalism can be unsettling though.

It’s like a spooky mask that your partner wears until they can’t be fired for saying “f***.”

Some spouses aren't afraid to call out their significant other.

It’s entirely possible your SO doesn’t have a bad work persona: they may just have entirely boring work. And that’s ok.

Can you imagine being married to this guy?

I’d probably just die of shame if this were me. Or maybe do an honor killing to save my hubby from his shame.

Ok this one is even creepier than every other possibility.

No work persona? You’re just…comfortable and yourself at work? What even?

Oooh now this one is juicy.

I love just listening to my partner be a jerk. Mmm.

Isn't it wild how people have completely different skills at work?

I wonder if my husband can put his dishes in the dishwasher at work?

There are some other horrifying realizations in this thread.

Does my spouse use their people management skills on me? Imagine having this realization if you were married to a therapist.

Some folks have flaws that are unique to their work life.

It turns out it’s much easier to be on time to things you actually want to do. Who knew?

Some people just go too far.

If my husband ever tries to have synergy with someone I’m assuming he’s been taken over by some kind of pod person.

Are there people who truly don't know that all phones display your name now?

I know who you are. If I didn’t, I would not have answered the phone.

I will not be reaching out to anyone.

I’ll talk to them. Like a normal human being who uses their words.

Since we're all stuck inside for who knows how long...

You’re going to have to make this entertaining if you want your relationship to survive.

Here's an update for this guy:

It’s 2020 and calling everyone “chief” does have a gentle scent of racism to it.

You can hear the light indignation in this one.

It IS important for things to be brand-aligned! I swear it is!

If you want to play the full game...

Use this Bingo card to see how many squares your spouse can hit. It’s like a fun “kill me now” game. Losing your mind? Keep reading for some tips of staying sane while working from home…
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