VALENTINE’S DAY TRADITIONS

In ancient times, the heart was considered to be the source of all emotions, and so became a valentine symbol.

Centuries ago, if a lady wanted a man’s attention, she would drop her lace handkerchief. Thus, lace became linked with romance.

Children of old England sang door-to-door on Valentine’s Day and received candy, cookies, and money in return.

People in the Middle Ages drew names to see who their valentines would be, then pinned the names on their shirts. This inspired the phrase “to wear your heart on your sleeve”.

The red rose was said to be a favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

The oldest known valentines were sent in 1415 by the Duke of Orleans to his French wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.

 

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ARE YOU “PHILLING” IT?

It is GROUNDHOG DAY in Punxsutawney Pa., Again.

For all of you interested lovers of that cute little groundhog, here are some facts taken this morning from The Weather Channel who covers the festivities very well.

The first official trek to Gobbler’s ¬†Knob was 2/2/1887

It has been going on for 133 years.

Phil is named after King Phillip

Phil sees shadow = 6 more weeks of winter

The Inner Circle Group does well keeping this great tradition going.

WORD OF PHIL ”¬†NO SHADOW, EARLY SPRING”

 

 

 

Thinking Ahead-Valentines Day

Good Morning Readers. Are you looking for that one of a kind, hand crafted gift for that special someone or couple. Check out the ideas in my Etsy shop. Also great ideas for a wedding or anniversary. Including a couple of photos in today’s post, but please hop over to my shop to see more gift ideas and photos at http://shopworndesigns.etsy.com. Hope to see you there. Have a wonderful day!

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CHRISTMAS

O Winter, King of Intimate Delights…

HOME for CHRISTMAS

With pomp, power & glory the world beckons vainly, in chase of such vanities why should I roam? While peace & content bless my little thatched cottage, and warm my own hearth with the treasures of home.

—Beatrix Potter

CHRISTMAS

DID YOU KNOW?

Charles Dickens began writing A Christmas Carol in October 1843 and completed it 6 weeks later, in December of that same year.

Few families in Victorian England owned an oven. Like the Cratchits, they would bring their goose or turkey to the local baker who would cook it for a small fee.

Bob Cratchit would have paid 7 shillings for the goose, 5 for the pudding and 3 for the onions, oranges, and sage. ( In the 1800s, a shilling was worth about 40 cents. ) Today, the cost of these items would be about $58.

Information from Taste of Home Magazine.