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This is the first of our newsletters of 2013 (happy new year to you by the way) and already it/'s less than 5 weeks to Valentines Day. Life goes at such a pace!.
To try and help you find the perfect gift for your loved one we have a special page of Valentines gift ideas. There is a large range of both choice and price and I hope you find it of use.
A small selection of the Valentines Day gift ideas are:-.
So that is an example of the items to be found on the Valentines gift ideas page. I hope you find it helpful.
And if you are interested:
The modern St. Valentine/'s Day celebrations are said to originate from both ancient Christian and Roman tradition. The Roman festival of Lupercalis, a fertility celebration, used to observed annually on February 15. But the rise of Christianity in Europe saw the pagan holiday renamed in honor of Saint Valentine, a Roman martyr who lived in the 3rd century. It is this St. Valentine whom the modern Valentine's Day honors.
Saint Valentine was a bishop who held secret marriage ceremonies of soldiers for whom marriage was prohibited and was executed for it.
While awaiting his sentence in prison, Valentine restored the sight of his jailor's blind daughter and legend has it that Valentine did this through the vehicle of his strong faith.
A deep friendship had been formed between Valentine and the daughter. Just before his execution, Valentine asked for a pen and paper from his jailor, and signed a farewell message to her "From Your Valentine," a phrase that lived ever after. Valentine is believed to have been executed on February 14, 270 AD.
Thus 14th February became a day for all lovers and Valentine became its Patron Saint. It began to be annually observed by young Romans who offered handwritten greetings of affection, known as Valentines, on this day to the women they admired.
The holiday evolved over the centuries. By the 18th century, gift-giving and exchanging hand-made cards on Valentine's Day had become common in England and eventually spread to the American colonies.
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