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Valentines Day 2018 - a truly special day for loved ones everywhere.
But it can be difficult to find something that portrays your feelings and it can often lead you to being at a loss as to what buy that special person in your life?
My article: Help Its Valentines Day will hopefully show you a selection of gifts for Valentines Day that should help provide you with a few ideas of what to give to the loved one who shares your life.
I hope that you enjoy your visit.
The heart is the symbol most commonly associated with Valentines Day. In ancient times most believed that the soul resides in the heart.
How Did Valentine's Day Begin?
Traditionally, the 14th February has been a special day to exchange gifts between loved ones.
Named after St. Valentine (did you know that there are actually numerous early Christian martyrs named Valentine), no one can be certain which of these saints started the tradition, but it is commonly believed that it was St Valentine, a roman in 269 AD who gave up his life for refusing to give up his faith in Christianity.
Today, Valentines Day is celebrated among us who are already enjoying life-long partnerships and those who are just embarking on new relationships alike. And long may it remain so.
Did you know that Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day around 498 A.D.?
Say It With Flowers - A Valentines Day Favorite
Flowers are always a welcomed gift. But did you know that the gift of a flower has a special meaning?
Red Roses - Love and Passion
Yellow Roses - Friendship
White Roses - True Love and purity of mind
Pink Roses - Friendship, Sweetheart
Black Roses - Farewell
Did you know the red rose was the favourite flower of Venus - the Roman goddess of love?
Valentines Day Cards
One of the most common Valentine days traditions is to exchange love notes - called "Valentines". These started as hand-written notes,but have now been replaced by greeting cards.
Valentines messages can be traced as far back as the 15th century in Europe. But are more commonly attributed to their revival and popularisation during the early 1800's in Britain. In America the Valentine Card became popular around the time of the Civil War (1861 - 1865).
In Britain, it is believed that the introduction of the postal service with the "penny post" helped increase the sending of Valentines Day Cards. This made it an inexpensive and fast activity. Prior to this, most Valentines would have been hand delivered.
Every year, some 1 billion Valentine cards are exchanged in the United States.
In the United States, credit goes to Miss Esther Howland for sending the first valentine cards, with commercial valentine cards being introduced in the 1800's.
Antique Valentines Day Card
Yes its true that some modern day Valentines Day cards express fondness and affection in the old Valentines Day style.
However, I somehow believe that Antique Valentines Day cards have an innocence and charm that is extremely appealing.
In early 1800's Britain, fancy Valentines were made with lace and ribbons. However, the end of the 1800's, Valentine Cards were being mass produced.
Early Victorian Valentines came in several different styles including:
Acrostic - valentines where the first lines of the verse spelled-out the loved one's name.
Pin-prick - valentines made by pricking tiny holes in paper with a pin, creating the appearance of lace.
Theorem - valentines were designs were painted through a stencil .
Today, such cards are increasingly collected and steadily rising in value.
Did you know that Teachers are believed to receive the most Valentines Day Cards.
The Best Songs of Valentine Day - Say I love you with music
Did you know that Sweden only began celebrating Valentines Day recently with young couples starting to take up the practice?
The Gift Of Jewelry
The gift of jewelry always has meaning on Valentines Day.
A thoughtfully selected item of jewelry can say a lot about how you feel. Care should be taken to consider what your chosen piece says about your relationship.
As UK relationship expert Dr Pam Spurr states:
"If he's given you a nice piece of jewellery then he's seriously committed to your relationship. Men just don't give the good stuff unless you mean something special".
It isn't all about the price paid. It is much more about the care and attention that is given to your selection.
Did you know that approximately 3% of pet owners give Valentines gifts to their pets?
A reference to St Valentine Day from Shakespeare (Hamlet 1600-1601).
Tomorrow is Saint Valentines day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn'd his clothes,
And dupp'd the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet.
Did you know that Doves are associated with Valentines Day, they pair for life and share the care of their young.
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My favourite gift to receive on Valentines Day is:
A love knot is a symbol of undying love - it has no beginning and no end.