Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day; plan accordingly

Tuesday, Feb. 14, is Valentine’s Day. You knew that, didn’t you? If not, I’ve rounded up some websites that will help you prepare for the romantic day.

First of all, you can impress your special one (or ones) with your impressive knowledge of the history of Valentine’s Day. Well, actually, the saga of the lovers’ day — and the story of its patron saint — is shrouded in mystery. February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

Saint Valentine, according to romantic legend, was a kind-hearted Roman priest who married young couples against the wishes of Emperor Claudius II, and was beheaded for his deeds on the Feb. 14. In truth, the exact origins and identity of St. Valentine are not known. You can learn more about the legendary figure and the theories of the origins of the day named after him by going here.

Even before you wow him or her with your brains, impress ‘em with a Valentine’s Day e-card. LifeWire offers a page that rounds up recommended sites for sending e-cards. 

You can find out about Ojolie cards (animated said cranes and swans, plus classy dog kisses, cat romance and more). You can send special Valentine's Day greetings with Chudleigh, the chocolate Labrador, and friends or fantastic compositions of flowers and music. You can learn about someecards.com, where you have to put all the romance into sarcastic cards (if that’s your thing).

However, if you’re the last-minute type, Brit+Co offers some ideas that show you put some thought and effort into saying “I love you” (or at least make it look like you did). The best part? You can do it all from your phone. You can find pointers on everything from the “Uber of packages” to how to order small-batch food and drinks, made by real people, delivered right to someone’s door. 

Happy Valentine’s Day.