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Today on the Open Book Blog Hop we’re talking about Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day, also known as Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a celebration observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a public holiday in most of them.

St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14.  A popular account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry, and for ministering to Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the Middle Ages.  In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which people expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards known as ‘Valentines’. Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

Happy Valentine's Day

So endeth the Wikipedia definition, but more to the point is….have you ever received a Valentine’s Day card, and what did it say?  From the horror of never receiving any when I was a teenager,  I now receive one from Sam every year without fail.  About 400 years ago when we were first married, I found this little gem when I opened up the card:

You are so very neat and clean,

To give you one I am so keen.

Hmm…..I take it he was talking about a Valentine’s Day card?  As the years have gone by though, this little ditty has appeared:

For Valentines past I gave you chocolates and flowers,   

Now we just play with our phones for hours and hours.

So when the doorbell rang yesterday morning and I was presented with these…..

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…..I was quite surprised, as poor old Sam, he’ll do anything for me, but like the rest of the men in my family he’s not big on romance.  However, I do remember as a child that my grandfather used to stand up and sing to my grandmother, who would always roll her eyes to the heavens and tell him to shut up.  Tom used to sing the rather sweet old song below.  If you put my 91 year old mother in front of a piano, she can play it for you:

When your old wedding ring was new,

And the dreams that we dreamed came true,

I remember with pride as we walked side by side,

What a beautiful picture you made as my bride.

Even though silver crowns your hair,

I can still see the golden waves there,

Love’s old flame burns the same as the day you took my name,

When your old wedding ring was new.

To finish off and to celebrate Valentine’s Day I can give away some complimentary codes for my new audio book ‘A Rather Unusual Romance’, which are to be used only from Audible.co.uk.  Please leave a message if you would like one.    http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Fiction/A-Rather-Unusual-Romance-Audiobook/B01BHBI1DS/

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