Al­ways a spe­cial time for shar­ing the love

Rutherglen Reformer - - St Valentine's Day -

It’s time to start spread­ing the love in 2017 with Valen­tine’s Day just around the cor­ner.

So whether you are planning to keep to a strict bud­get or splash out, there’s al­ways a way to let that spe­cial per­son in your life know how much they mean to you. Saint Valen­tine has a lot to answer for. A Catholic priest who se­cretly mar­ried sol­diers af­ter a ban from Em­peror Claudius II for­bid him from do­ing so, be­came a le­gend and rea­son why we still cel­e­brate to­day.

St Valen­tine was even­tu­ally caught and, while im­pris­oned, cured the blind­ness of a young girl, the daugh­ter of his jailer.

Be­fore his ex­e­cu­tion, he wrote the girl a let­ter of af­fec­tion signed “From Your Valen­tine”.

He was ex­e­cuted on Fe­bru­ary 14 and we cel­e­brate it ev­ery year.

The cel­e­bra­tion is world­wide and although in the UK we send cards, flow­ers, choco­lates and even en­joy a spe­cial din­ner with our loved one, in other parts of the world it is a day for lov­ing friends and fam­ily too.

Tra­di­tion­ally though we send cards, beau­ti­fully made and still bear­ing the icons from hun­dreds of years ago. Hearts, flow­ers and cu­pids with ar­rows all hark back to the ori­gins of St Valen­tine’s Day.

Restau­rants of­fer spe­cial deals for lov­ing cou­ples to en­joy their de­li­cious Valen­tine’s meals. Or you may hit the town for cock­tails.

And it may be the time when you want to pop that spe­cial ques­tion to your beloved. A ro­man­tic set­ting of a res­tau­rant could be the per­fect sur­round­ings for you to get down on bended knee and ask him or her to marry you.

Flow­ers are also ar­ranged for the day, with blood-red roses be­ing both ro­man­tic and sym­bolic of St Valen­tine’s un­just death. As we have moved into a dig­i­tal world, the gifts of Valen­tine’s Day have be­came more and more elab­o­rate.

Some cou­ples may es­cape for a ro­man­tic night away to­gether. What could be bet­ter than a break from the usual rou­tine to spend qual­ity time as a cou­ple?

Of­ten jew­ellery and to­kens of love are ex­changed but the mes­sage al­ways re­mains the same even if it is a sim­ple text. It should read: “From Your Valen­tine.”

SweetS gift Per­fumePe al­ways hits the mark

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