What Do You Think You Know About Valentine’s Day?

As we approach the 14th February and St Valentine’s Day we ask, who was Saint Valentine, why do lovers commemorate him and will you spend money or time this year on your loved one?

Until 1969, eleven different Valentines were recognised by the Roman Catholic Church as martyrs. While there is no documentary evidence of a connection to love or romance, a recent story suggests that Valentine was a Christian priest who performed marriage ceremonies for the soldiers of the Emperor Claudius. Claudius believed that his soldiers would be stronger if they were not married and when he found out about this, he had Valentine executed. While in jail, he made friends with the jailer’s daughter and sent her a note that was signed “From your Valentine” – the first Valentine’s card.

In the United States, the first mass-produced valentines of embossed paper lace were produced and sold shortly after 1847 by Esther Howland (1828-1904) of Worcester, Massachusetts. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, with women purchasing approximately 85 percent of all valentines. However, it is men who buy the majority of gifts!

Here are a few suggestions for some ways to add a little romance to your life this Valentine’s Day. If you’re watching the pennies just now and dining in, there’s no need for it to feel like second best. Special music and candles – even a tablecloth, can make the evening special.

Love is in the air at Waitrose 

Waitrose Fairy CakesBoth Edinburgh branches of Waitrose (Morningside and Comely Bank) have a range of Valentine’s Day gifts and treats for your loved one. Old-fashioned romantics can find a gorgeous selection of flowers in store, from hand-tied bouquets of roses to exotic red orchids.

Does your sweetheart have a sweet tooth? Head for the bakery section and pick up some Valentine’s fairy cakes or a giant gingerbread man or woman.

David Lincoln, branch manager of Waitrose Morningside, commented, “Valentine’s Day is a chance to treat your loved one and remind them how special they are.

“We’re expecting traditional Valentine’s Day gifts like champagne, flowers and chocolates to be popular this year, but a lot of our customers are attracted to some of our more unusual gifts. Our heart-shaped silicone moulds are perfect for those who want to bake their way back into their loved one’s heart.”

Time is often the one thing lacking in a precious relationship and a romantic getaway might be just what you fancy. We all find ourselves a bit low at this time of year and although some sunshine is great for energising ourselves, even a day or two away from home can feel like a real treat.

From one website on  e-bookers you can find the perfect package or do it yourself deals on flights, car hire and hotels.

single red rose

There’s nothing to beat flowers for a romantic gift and the simplicity of a single red rose from Eden4Flowers would melt any girl’s heart. Even better, if you purchase online it’s  just £16.90 – that’s £12 less than you’d pay when ordering on the telephone.

Of course Eden4Flowers also have some extra special bouquets at this time of year and their reliable one day service for special occasion flowers, chocolates and balloons makes them a good place to look for something traditional. And if you like to give something practical and healthy, they also have hampers of fruit!

From Body Treats to Shower Sensations the Body Shop suggest you say it with chocolate and strawberry. They have a selection of useful but romantic gifts for both men and women. For example, why not pamper yourselves with a delicious joint bath and massage?

Whatever you decide to do, we hope you have a lovely day!

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