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7 Unique Ideas for an Allergen-free Valentine’s Day…

In ancient Rome, Claudius II decided to abolish marriage as he was convinced that it made for poor soldiers who would refuse to abandon their families when called to fight.

Opposing this decision, a priest named Valentine continued to secretly celebrate the marriage of young engaged couples. Unfortunately, this was quickly discovered by the Romans, and they executed him on February 14, 279 AD.

Several centuries later, we still mark the date of Valentine’s execution. But, rather than looking back on Valentine’s life, we celebrate love with chocolate and other sweets that may contain food allergens. But that’s about to change! This year, we are breaking tradition! Here are 7 “out-of-the-box” ideas for an allergen-free Valentine’s Day.

1. Forget the chocolate!

To show your love to your partner this year, why not put chocolate aside and choose a bouquet of flowers. Did you know that roses, violets, and orchids are associated with love? Or, if you want to do something out of the ordinary and are not allergic to latex, why not surprise your loved ones and write messages of love and appreciation on a bunch of colorful balloons!

2. Organize a photo shoot

Whether it’s as a family, a couple, or a group of friends, why not take the time to immortalize the love that unites you by organizing a photo shoot? This is a great opportunity to take out that dress you never get to wear or that tie your loved one gave you last year. And in addition to having fun, you’ll have memories to share for years to come.

3. Go play outside!

What could be better than going outside to enjoy freshly fallen snow? For the bravest of outdoor enthusiasts, several parks in the province offer snowshoeing under the stars. Moments of tenderness guaranteed!

4. Enjoy a massage

What better day than Valentine’s Day to treat yourself and those you love to a massage? While couples’ massages are more popular, several spas now offer massages for the whole family. Whether you’re spending time by yourself or with others, the important thing is to relax. Allergic to tree nuts? Inform your massage therapist of your allergies and they will suggest an oil suited to you (for example, an oil without almonds).

5. Leave it to chance!

In Scotland, tradition has it that the first person of the opposite sex you meet on February 14 is asked to become your Valentine. This is a great opportunity to have a good time with a relative, friend, or co-worker. That’s right! Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers!

6. Say “I love you”

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. So take this opportunity to tell your lover, children, parents, and friends that you love them. An affordable and touching way to express yourself is writing letters or poems to your loved ones. Surely, it will put a smile on their face!

Happy Valentine’s Day!