Valentine Traditions and 2017 Gift Guide


Love does not consist in gazing at each other,

But in looking together in the same direction.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Say the phrase Valentine’s Day and thoughts of hearts, roses, chocolates, love and romance spring to mind.  Valentine’s Day traditions include exchanging gifts, such as chocolates or roses, and a romantic night out on the town. School children often exchange Valentines Cards that may contain candy.



Decorations typically feature Cupid and his arrows, doves, and hearts.  Cupid became a symbol of Valentine’s Day due to the fact that he is the Roman god associated with the erotic, passionate type of love. His arrows cause his targets to fall in love.


With its roots in a religious celebration, Valentine’s Day is largely a North American celebration yet it is observed and celebrated in many countries around the world but in different ways;  as a sign of spring, and agricultural celebration, as a friends’ day etc.



We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird.

And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible

with ours, we join up with them

 and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness —

and call it love — true love.”

Robert Fulghum


Lots more gift suggestions to be found here on our special Valentine’s Day Board


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Pages of an old book curved into a heart and roses. Happy Valent

2017 The Year of the ROOSTER

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The Rooster is tenth in the Chinese zodiac and 2017 is a Fire Rooster.  If you are a Fire Rooster you are thought to be Trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work. 


The Rooster’s Personality: Observant, Hardworking 

People born in a year of the Rooster are very observant. Hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented, Roosters are very confident in themselves.  Roosters are always active, amusing, and popular within a crowd. Roosters are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention and always appear attractive and beautiful.  Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm on any occasion.

Roosters are Healthy and Enjoy Sports

People born in a year of the Rooster are typically healthy people. They are active and enjoy sports, such as hiking and swimming. Roosters don’t get sick very often because they tend to fight illness well. Even when they do become ill, they feel better quickly. Lots more great information to read here


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