Valentines Presents / January 11, 2019 / Lauri Cooke
This was where young men drew young womens names from a box to commemorate their rite of passage to the god Lupercus. The chooser and chosen would then be paired for one year. These random pairings often led to marriage. The Church of course didnt like the pagan festival so Pope Galasius the bishop of Rome amended this celebration slightly. He filled the box with the names of dead saints instead of girls and allowed both men and women to draw from the box. He believed this would encourage youngsters to copy the ways of the saint for the remainder of the year. On 14th February 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius declared this day to be Saint Valentines Day an official Catholic Holiday. By the early 1700s the United States started celebrating this day of love by swapping love notes and exchanging Valentines gifts for boyfriends girlfriends wives and husbands.
Fear not though here are a few ideas that will help you stand out from the crowd. Always try and think unique when buying a valentines gift. You want your special someone to feel special and getting them the same thing millions of other people are getting isnt particularly special. This doesnt mean you have to spend a fortune it simply requires some effort. Something like a personalised CD that has all their favourite songs on is a nice gesture and shows how well you know them. Photo albums or framed pictures of you together are always a popular choice and is fun to reminisce over with a nice bottle of wine. Cooking a meal is another great Valentine gift idea that gets easily overlooked. Sometimes a nice gesture is worth a lot more than a cheap gift that took no effort at all to pick out.
A Montage Of Love If you find it difficult to pick a single picture or you want a more unusual design a montage of love can also be created using the same high quality materials and printing processes. A professional design team works sympathetically with your pictures in order to create a stunning montage of pictures. Again you can add text to the front of the canvas if you wish or you can add a short message to the reverse. Alternatively you could create a personalised Valentines Day card and display just photos on your canvas print. Valentines Cushions Another great use for photos of the two of you together is the Valentines cushion. As well as being able to create your own unique design using photos and pictures a popular design is the Valentines love heart cushion.