Fun Valentine Traditions It is said that if a woman sees a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it means she will marry a sailor. If she sees a sparrow, she will marry a poor man and be very happy. If she sees a goldfinch, she will marry a millionaire.
If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.
Take a dandelion that has gone to seed. Blow the seeds into the wind with one breath. The number of seeds left is how many children you will have. (We used to do this when I was a kid. But we cheated by blowing more than once if too many seeds were left . . . or we didn't blow very hard so we'd get the number we thought we wanted!)
In the Middle Ages, young people drew names to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. The saying we are familiar with--to wear your heart on your sleeve--means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
Think of six names of boys or girls you might marry. As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off. (We used to cheat with this one, too. After all, you could twist really hard when the "right" name came along!)