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Roses are Red!

Roses are Red!

Remember how Januarys enigmatic birthstone was the gorgeous red Garnet?  Despite January being over already (can you believe it?!), every year red makes a huge splash again in February courtesy of, you guessed it, Valentines Day. Theres no getting away from it as restaurants across the land plaster their walls with posters of red hearts, flying cupids and the promise of a free glass of Prosecco...and we are offering you FREE UK DELIVERY until Monday so you can treat yourself!

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So, where did it come from, and why February the 14th..?

Although it is said that some of the story may have been a little embellishedover the years, the following is the legend as we know and love it today - St Valentine was in fact a Catholic priest living in Rome in the 3rd Century. During Valentines lifetime a few Romans had starting to covert to Christianity, so the Pagan Emperor, Claudius II, believing that the Roman soldiers should be devoted only to Rome, passed a law against them getting married. Valentine, however, always a firm believer in the power of love, decided to start marrying the soldiers in secret ceremonies.

Of course when Claudius discovered what was going on, he promptly sentenced Valentine to be executed and threw him in jail. Legend has it not only did Valentine look after his fellow prisoners while he was inside, he cured the jailors daughter of blindness. It is also rumoured that on the day of his execution (February 14th, 270), he wrote the girl a note signed, From your Valentine.
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Then the whole thing took a while to catch on as it wasnt until 200 years later that February 14th became known as St Valentines Day. Paganism had become rather frowned upon, so the Pope abolished the Pagan fertility festival that took place in February, and replaced it with Valentines Day. But it was in the Middle Ages that the author, Chaucer, took up the mantle of Valentines Day being all about love and romance and ran with it, leaving a trail of red roses in his wake.
Now it is truly massive the world over with every country holding its own traditions from love poetry to the giving of spoons. In the Philippines, February 14th is when multiple marriages happen as couples rush to tie the knot on the most romantic day of the year.
Remember too that Valentines Day isnt just a day for all you love birds out there, its also the day to tell everyone we love that we love them!
Happy Valentines.
Love from
Lisa x
P.S. If youre looking for some inspiration on what to do, theres a handy list here.
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