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St. Valentine's Day Crafts and Gift Ideas

St. Valentine's Day is all about letting the people we love know that we love them.  Children have fun making and exchanging Valentine's Day cards.  Of course, making your own Valentine's Day crafts and gifts just adds to the spirit of this special day.  If you want to use flowers in your decorations, by sure to check out how to send messages with flowers.


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St. Valentine's Day is the celebration of love

Valentine's Day heart with flowersFebruary 15 was the Roman festival of Lupercalia, the coming of spring. This celebration honored Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage, and ensured the fertility of flocks, fields, and people. Legend has it that available young women would put their names in a bowl. The young men would draw the name of the woman who would be their partner until the drawing next year. It's not clear, but if a young couple was not ‘available’ their names would not be put back into the draw the following year.

The Roman celebration continued for hundreds of years, until the Christians decided to replace it with a celebration of their own. Pope Gelasuis (AD 496) found a likely candidate in the life a of 3rd century Christian priest named Valentine.

Valentine had defied Emperor Claudius II by marrying young couples in secret. The Romans, who were at war, had outlawed marriage in hopes that young men would be less attached to families and make better soldiers. Valentine's actions were discovered and he was condemned to death.

Valentine was a Christian Bishop with a strong faith and a reputation for spiritual healing. His jailer Asterius, learned of his ability, and asked Valentine to help his blind daughter, Julia. Valentine did heal Julia, and both she and Asterius converted to Christianity.

Valentine wrote a final note to the young woman, with whom he had fallen in love, and signed it ‘from your Valentine’. He was executed on Feb. 14, 270 AD and is buried at the Church of Praxedes in Rome. It is said that Julia herself planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship.

This man's story was exactly what Pope Gelasuis was looking for. He was Christian, a friend of young lovers, performed miracles, and his final act was to write a love letter before he died for his faith on February 14, the day before Lupercalia.

Valentine became a Patron Saint, and young Romans celebrated the annual holiday by offering women they wanted to court, hand written greetings of affections. St. Valentine's Day spread with Christianity, and is now celebrated all over the world. Today, it is a lovers' celebration more than a Christian holiday.

Roses, the traditional flower of Valentine's Day, come from a Roman legend of a woman, named Rodanthe. She was pursued by many suitors who finally became so impassioned they broke down the doors of her house. This enraged the goddess Diana, who turned the woman into a flower and her suitors each into a thorn.

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The British Museum has preserved a Valentine's Day card from Charles, duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was a prisoner in the Tower of London in 1415 AD.

In the Middle Ages, both men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear the names on their sleeves for a week. Now, to wear your heart on your sleeve means others can easily see your feelings.

Lovers are often unaware that the XXX kisses on cards goes back to early Christianity. In the days when few people could sign their name, a X was a legally binding signature. To emphasize their commitment to an agreement, people would kiss the X, similar to kissing the bible after swearing on oath.



Valentine Crafts and Gift Ideas that Kids can make


Bath Soaps and Bath Salts - Kids can make these bath products.
Beads - Craft idea to make a frame for a special picture.
Beeswax Candles - easy to make and they smell delicious!
Bookmark - this gift will mark a special place in Daddy's heart.
Box of Kisses - fun idea for a gift from a young child.
Bouquet of Hearts - make a heart bouquet for Mom!
Child's Drawing - unique gift that is fun and will be well loved.
Gift Wrap - children can make their own wrapping paper.
Handprint Poem - great gift idea for young children
Handprint Apron - children's handprints decorate an Apron.
Heart Chain - make a paper heart chain.
Paper Baskets - Great for a Valentine's Day treat for kids.
Painted Fabric - Decorate your own clothes or make gifts for family.
Paper Flowers - Make a bouquet of Flowers.
Paper Hearts - woven paper baskets in a heart shape.
Stain Glass Windows - Decorate your windows with colorful hearts.
Valentine's Day Cards - Make your own Valentine's Day Cards.
Valentine's Projects - Heart shaped necklace and other crafts.

Free Gift Ideas - simple ways to say "I Love You"


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