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


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two wooden hearts on a wooden background

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


Boy Presents Bouquet

The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size.”

Gertrude S. Wister

The violet is February’s flower, although there are some that say the primrose holds this place of honor. The richly colored Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February and the astrological signs for February are: Aquarius, January 20 – February 18 and Pisces, February 19 – March 20

Framed Violets

Amethyst Bracelet  Amethyst and Pearl RingAmethyst Acorns

February sees a large rodent providing weather forecasts and hope of an early spring.

Gardeners’ hearts are set aflutter with the arrival of seed catalogues and plans for the summer bounty.

garden obeliskgarden planters      garden tomato signgarden red poppies Romantics everywhere have an extra special day to profess their love and affection.

Be MineCat Valentine      Heart PillowHeart Charms There are special observances in February to honor Presidents, the Chinese New Year and specials days in many countries – as if February now allows us to celebrate.

Somehow in February, here in North America, we feel we have turned the corner on old man winter – there is now more winter behind us than in front of us. And, if we squint we can see spring just around the corner.

February brings hope for things to come.

February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March.

Dr. J. R. Stockton

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