Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Today’s guest blogger is the lovely Sandy Blair!
Those of you familiar with my blog know I am a fan of her books and have mentioned them quite a few times.
Her most recent release was A Highlander for Christmas and is still available in stores…I would highly recommend it!
So here some fun Valentine’s Day facts from Sandy…
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Did you know that the earliest Valentines were known as “poetical or amorous addresses”? What we call love letters.
By the 18th century many of the young wealthy wore diamond “scribble rings.” Both men and women used them to etched love messages onto their beloved’s window panes.
By 1840 we had commercial Valentine cards and by the 1890s in New York, young women were tying a knot at the end of a long cord and sally forth on Valentine’s Day, gently swatting the young men that caught their fancy. Hence the term “love taps.”
English tradition holds that a girl will know the type of man she’ll marry by the first bird she spies on Valentine’s Day.
Goldfinch or any yellow bird…a wealthy man
Any type of blue-colored bird…a happy man
Dove…a loving man
Woodpecker…you will not marry
Valentine’s Day has long been a very important day in Scotland. During the Middle Ages Valentine’s Day was greeted with even more anticipation than Christmas. February 14th was not only a time of gift giving, but an excuse for large parties at which single women would write their names on paper hearts and placed them in a bowl. The single men drew a heart/name from the bowl, pinned the heart on his sleeve (hence the saying) and the lady became his Valentine for the week. Rumor has it that many of Cupid’s arrows did hit their mark.
Wishing each and every one of you a lovely Valentine’s Day!
And her Highlanders in Kilts
Thanks Sandy for those fun facts and for being a guest!!!
I hope you and the Highlanders have a great Valentine’s Day!!!
Readers, you can find out more about Sandy and her fabulous books by visiting her site: http://www.sandyblair.net
So, what was the most interesting Valentine gift you ever received?
And what do you think of the traditions Sandy mentioned?
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