Thursday, January 29, 2009

Everyone loves blogging

Well Everyone they tell me loves blogging so I thought I would give this a try.

Holidays of all sorts are what I love so I hope that you will travel my Holidays Blog with me.

Valentines Day is the next Holiday so I thought I would mention a few traditions and customs of the Holiday and maybe just post a few recipes, crafts, etc.

Romantic festival of St Valentine's Day is celebrated with enthusiasm and fond regard in several countries throughout the world.Most commonly observed traditions and customs is expressing your love with an exchange of cards, flowers and gifts. Pampering one's beloved and making a romantic proposal to one's sweetheart is the other popular tradition of the festival that celebrates love.

Though customs and traditions may vary greatly from country to country the one thing that holds true in all countries is the celebration of love.

Taking your sweetheart on a special date to celbrate your love stems from the belief that birds chose their mates on Feb. 14th.For this reason, Valentines Day was called “the Birds' Wedding Day” in parts of Sussex.

In the beginning, Valentine's Day was associated with romantic couples only but in recent times the festival is seen in much larger perspective. Now, people take opportunity on that day to wish ‘Happy Valentine's Day' to anyone they love be it father, mother, teachers, siblings, friends, co-workers or just anyone special to them

One of the most commonly observed Valentine's Day customs is the exchange of love notes called ‘Valentines'. Initially people used to exchange handwritten notes but starting with the 19th century, the practice of sending hand written notes was replaced by the exchange of mass-produced greeting cards

Today Valentines Day is estimated to be the largest card sending occasion behind Christmas.Most commonly used pictures in Valentine's Greetings include images of popular Valentine's Day symbols, like red roses, hearts and Cupid - the pudgy, winged son of Venus, the goddess of love.

There exists a strong tradition of indulging one's beloved with gifts of love. Some of the most popular gifts exchanged between lovers on Valentine's Day are fresh flowers - mainly roses, chocolates and teddy bears. Candies and gifts are not only exchanged between lovers but also given to parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers as tradition now is turning toward not just a lover but the love between any two individuals.

The other most traditional way to celebrate Valentine's Day is to go for romantic candlelight dinners with one's Valentine.

Want to make a special desert for your Valentine. Try a Valentine Cake....

1 pkg. cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 container thawed whipped topping
1 prepared graham cracker crust
1 can cherry pie filling

Beat cream cheese and sugar till smothe and well blended.add vanilla and mix for 2 minutes.Fold gently into the mixture the whipped topping.POur into graham cracker crust. Top with the cherry pie filling. Refridgerate for several hours before serving.

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