Well this February has a double whammy for us ladies, a Valentine and an opportunity to pop the question…
Why we Celebrate Valentines Day?
Well, apparently the day was originally to honour an early Christian martyr named Saint Valentine.
This became associated with romantic love later, in the times of Chaucer in the middle ages.
Hand writted cards were popular in the 18th and 19th century, and have since given way to mass produced cards, of the likes of hallmark and moonpig.com.
For more info you can of course refer to Wikipedia Valentine’s Day.
Valentines, Best and worse
What is the best Valentine’s gift you have ever received? Or worst? It would be great to hear from you.
My best was from Dad when I was at school… a curiously heart shaped potato with the following verse pinned to its chest
“I love your hair
I love your lips
Please dont turn me
What could compete with that? I only wish I had a photo!
I was married to a true Yorkshireman, so I imagine I did get a meal out for the first Valentine we had together, but after that it went a bit downhill. The ‘deal’ was that we would wait a week for restaurant prices/ business to die down. Ditto the flowers and chocolates. Ah, the romance.
Having said that, I was lucky enough to receive spontaneous gifts through the year of flowers, chocolates (and once bizzarely a Maplin Catalogue) so not all bad!
Hope you ladies all get fabulous cards and pressies this year! Maybe some of you will even get a proposal…
Leap Year Bonus
If he doesn’t come through for you this Valentine’s Day, tradition states that you can take the initiative and propose to him on Leap Day, 29th February this year!
According to Wiki (so probably not true, but good fun), in Finland if he refuses your proposal on Leap Day, he has to buy you the fabric of a skirt. Or in Denmark 12 pairs of gloves. Not quite sure when you would need 12 pairs of gloves…but then I did find 7 pairs in my camera bag last week!
Happy Valentine’s Day
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my readers…and if you do find you are engaged to be married by this time next week, don’t forget to stop by and look at my Weddings Page!
See more wedding images in the Wedding Gallery.
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