Saturday, February 14, 2009

Some Valentine Folklore

This Valentine's Day has found love in my heart and happiness in my life. I am so grateful for a husband who adores me and treats me like his Valentine all year long! And for children who are the loves of my life! I hope the same for everyone I know. Enjoy your Valentine's Day, let those around you know how much you love and appreciate them, even if you've already said it 50 times, say it again! I love LOVE!
So here are some little Valentine facts that I found online that didn't focus on the paganistic roots of this holiday of LOVE! Enjoy!

In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favourite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him. Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.
(Apparently I saw a robin flying overhead !=] )


Florene said...

That was beautiful, Heather! I so enjoyed reading about the Valentine trivia. I loved your words about LOVE -- so appropriate and so sweet. I LOVE YOU!

Rebecca said...

You mentioned working a few "shifts" in your previous post. Has me curious what that means. Fill me in when you get the chance. Hope all is well. I'm so happy you have so much love in your life and are willing to share it with others.