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Valentine’s Day – Getting the House Ready
What is Valentine’s day, and how has it evolved? We all probably just know it as a day to send our loved one’s cards, chocolates and roses. Long before Valentine’s Day arrives we see various shops dedicating an isle just for February 14th. Usually adorned with pink and red things. I noticed in a certain supermarket the other day a range of pink lingerie!! My response to that was where are the men’s fancy pants?
St.Valentine’s Day as it is also known is celebrated in countries all over the world.
According to History in the Headlines:-
1. The St. Valentine who inspired the holiday may have been two different men.
Officially recognised by the Roman Catholic Church, St. Valentine is known to be a real person who died around A.D. 270. However, his true identity was questioned as early as A.D. 496 by Pope Gelasius I, who referred to the martyr and his acts as “being known only to God.”
2. In all there are about a dozen St.Valentines plus a pope
3. Valentine is the patron saint of beekeepers and epilepsy, among many other things.
4. You can find Valentine’s skull in Rome.
5. Chaucer may have invented Valentine’s Day.
6. You can celebrate Valentine’s Day several times a year.
7. The custom of choosing a sweetheart on this date spread through Europe in the Middle Ages, and then to the early American colonies. Throughout the ages, people also believed that birds picked their mates on February 14!
It was only in the 14th century that this Christian feast day became definitively associated with love. According to UCLA medieval scholar Henry Ansgar Kelly, author of Chaucer and the Cult of Saint Valentine, it was Chaucer who first linked St. Valentine’s Day with romance.
Now you have some historical information, how are our lovely patrons of Norwich celebrating? Going out for a meal can be quite pricey and you may have to book well in advance.
I like the idea of being all cosy at home. You can easily set a romantic mood with a bit of careful planning. This year February 14th is on Friday, which will make a lovely start to the weekend. Follow these simple tips for a stress free Valentines Day.
This would be my number one (of course) on the to do list. Give the house a good clean top to bottom, leaves the place feeling and smelling gorgeous. I suggest a day or so before hand which will give the actual day a more relaxed feel and enable you to do some pampering on yourself and the sitting room or wherever you choose to spend the evening.
Have you thought about a card and a token gesture of love? My favorite is flowers (no chocolates for me now I am down to my goal weight) maybe some sparkling wine. Or what about a gift experience. It could be a Special Gift Voucher from Clear Interiors for either a Spring Clean or regular clean. A pampering day at a Spa, or a night at the theatre. My favourite would be a Spring Clean!
Treat yourselves to a romantic dinner for two. Most supermarkets now have a dinner for two section for special occasions. There are 3 courses, it’s all prepared for you. All you have to do is pop it in the oven and serve. Lay a nice table, sprinkle some rose petals, light some candles, soft music, bubbles on ice. The mood is set.
Even after twenty years of partnership, I still really appreciate some special treatment on Valentines Day