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Vintage Valentines Day

Updated on September 29, 2014

Sentimental Celebration Of Valentines Day

There is much to be said about celebrating Valentines Day. Some of the romantic side of the day has been lost to all the commercialism of modern times. So here are some ideas to celebrate Valentines day the traditional way. Bring back some old ideas to include in your celebrations this year. Create a new romantic way to say, "I love you " to your special someone.

One of the most popular legends says, Valentine or Valentinus lived in Rome when the country was under the reign of Emperor Claudius II. It is said that Claudius engaged Rome in several unpopular and bloody campaigns. To maintain a strong army, Claudius continuously needed to recruit soldiers. But to his disappointment Claudius found that most men were unwilling to join army because of their strong attachment with their wives and their families. To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. A romantic at heart priest, Valentine, secretly arranged marriages of young boys and girls and defied this unjustified and callous order of Claudius. When the Emperor discovered this defiance, he put Valentine behind bars and he was finally executed on February 14, about 270 AD. For his great service, Valentine was named a saint after his death.

"Love doesn't make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile."

Elizabeth Browning

The Valentines Love Note

The First Valentine Greeting Card

When Valentines Day was just starting to be celebrated, the first Valentines were love notes Initially, handwritten notes were left or exchanged. In the 19th century these notes were replaced by massed produced Valentine cards and post cards. Gradually people started to exchange cards with family members, friends and even classmates. Today, those "valentines " can even include online cards. Wow have things changed.

Every year more than 1 billion Valentine cards are sent.Teachers receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts. Children between ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine's cards with teachers, classmates, and family members.

Want to make your special someone fell really special this year? Why not pen them a special note telling them how much you love them. Want to take that a notch better, find some really nice stationary or create some stationary with theclip art on your computer-Minimally write a note inside of your greeting acrd rather than just signing it. Use a Red pen to create a special flair

Valentine Superstitions and Customs - Traditional Valentine Folklore

  • The first man an unmarried woman saw on 14th February would be her future husband;
  • If the names of all a girl's suitors were written on paper and wrapped in clay and the clay put into water, the piece that rose to the surface first would contain the name of her husband-to-be.
  • If a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a rich person.
  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week.
  • In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favourite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"
  • The most beautiful and incredible gift of love is the monument Taj Mahal in India. Built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan as a memorial to his wife it stands as the emblem of the eternal love story. Work on the Taj Mahal began in 1634 and continued for almost 22 years and required the labor of 20,000 workers from all over India and Central Asia.
  • In America, the pilgrims used to sent confections, such as sugar wafers, marzipan, sweetmeats and sugar plums, to their affianced. Lot of value was placed on these gifts because they included what was then a rare product, sugar. After the late 1800's, beet sugar became widely used and more available, and sweet gifts continued to be cherished and enjoyed.

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The Love Knot

A Symbol Of Unending Love

Love knot is yet another symbol of Valentine's Day. Representing love that will last forever, love knots are actually a series of winding and intertwining loops that have neither a beginning nor an end. The knots symbolize the connection between two lovers. Making or giving a love knot either as jewelry or framed as an accessory is a special and personal way to say, I love you forever In olden times, they were made of ribbon or drawn on paper to prove ones eternal love.

Give A Love Knot - Show Your Eternal Love

This has to be one of the most sentimental and romantic gifts. Giving a love knot tells your Valentine that she will be eternally yours.

The Rose-Symbol Of Love - The Most Popular Valentine Flower

The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. The color red stands for strong romantic feelings making the red rose the flower of love. A single perfect red rose framed with baby's breath is named by some florists as a "signature rose," and is the preferred choice for most for giving on Valentine's Day, anniversaries and birthdays. Of the 73% of people who buy Valentine's Day flowers are men, while only 27 percent are women.

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Valentine Hearts - The Custom Of Showing Your Heartfelt Love

Red heart pierced by the Cupid's arrow is a traditional symbol of Valentine's Day. Heart symbolizes love and giving someone a heart means to hand over one's existence to someone. A heart pierced by a Cupid's arrow means that when someone presents a heart, the person takes the risk of being rejected and feeling hurt. Piercing arrow therefore symbolizes death and vulnerability of love. Some people also believe that the heart and arrow symbolizes the uniting of male and a female

Sterling Silver Marcasite and Red Glass Heart Pendant, 18"
Sterling Silver Marcasite and Red Glass Heart Pendant, 18"

This is a truly unique heart that any lady in your life would be happy to receive.

 

Free Valentine Resources - Bring Back The Romance-Free

Bring back the romance of Valentines . You can create a once in a lifetime valentine for your favorite someone. It's easy, but impersonal to bring home a box of candy and just set in down with a fast kiss to your special someone. Why not create a vinatge valentine day with these free resources. Create a romantic mood, a special evening, a unique meal. Put together these free resources and you will be remebered, I promise.

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      Linda F Correa 4 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Thanks for posting...great video !