Archive for August, 2007

Personalized Valentine’s Day Gifts

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Every year on February 14, we celebrate the holiday of . There are many legends surrounding the history and origin of this holiday. The history of Valentine’s Day is believed to have its beginnings in ancient Roman and Christian traditions. The ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia was celebrated on February 15. This celebration was later changed by Christians to St. Valentine’s Day and the date was moved to the 14th of February.

The first Valentine’s Day card is said to have been sent by Charles, the Duke of Orleans in the year 1415 to his wife. At this time, Charles was imprisoned in the Tower of London.

Today, Valentine’s Day has become known as a day for love and romance. It is usually celebrated with the exchange of Valentine cards, and oftentimes gifts as well. Valentine’s Day is the second largest card sending holiday all year, with Christmas being the largest. Typical gifts include candy, flowers, and , but a Valentine’s gift can be just about anything that expresses and shows love for the recipient. A thoughtful, is sure to bring a smile to your special valentine or .

Restaurants are crowded on this day with as they enjoy the company of their loved ones and an appetizing dinner together. Celebration plans for Valentine’s may even include a romantic getaway for the weekend.

This holiday is not limited simply to couples. Valentine’s Day can be celebrated by anyone who wishes to show their love and appreciation for loved ones.

Children are well known for celebrating this holiday as well. School age children often exchange valentine cards and sometimes even small gifts or candy with their imageclassmates and friends. These cards are available in many designs and themes, ranging from traditional valentine symbols of and to the latest and most popular cartoon and movie characters.

One of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories was in elementary school when my class had a Valentine’s lunch. A few days before Valentine’s Day, everyone in class wrote down on a piece of paper what they liked to eat. Each person put their paper into a container and then took turns picking one out. Everyone then put together a lunch for the person that they chose. On Valentine’s Day it was a surprise to find out who made lunch for each person.

What is your most memorable Valentine’s Day story? Maybe it is a romantic or funny memory, or maybe it involves a secret admirer. Valentine’s Day, like any other holiday, is filled with many memories and stories.

Personalized Zodiac Sign Gift Ideas

Monday, August 20th, 2007

The zodiac is a band in the sky where the movements of the Sun, Moon, and planets are astrologically divided into 12 different sections that are named for the constellations they used to coincide with. The positions of the sun and planets in relation to the zodiac are said to influence what happens to us here on Earth. Astrologers use these positions to explain and predict the events that occur on our home planet.

The word zodiac comes from the Latin word zodiacus, and translates from the Greek word zodiakos meaning “circle of animals.” However, there are also signs in the zodiac that are not animals.

The date of your birth decides which of the 12 zodiacal signs you belong to. The 12 signs are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Each sign has its own set of personality traits and characteristics that a person born under that sign is said to possess. The 12 signs are each associated with one of four elements (fire, water, earth, and air) and one of three qualities (cardinal, fixed, and mutable). Each element and quality also has a set of characteristics that a person is said to possess.

Do the stars and the planets really have an effect on our lives here on Earth? Although we may never know for certain the answer to that question, or have an answer that everyone will agree on, there are numerous people who have strong feelings on the subject. Some people find entertainment in zodiac signs and astrology, some think it is nonsense, and some take it very seriously.

There are also other zodiacs that are found and practiced in other areas of the world. One of these is the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is more complex and follows a 12 year cycle, focusing on the year that a person was born, rather than just the date. It also does not correspond to any constellations.

There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, one for each year of the cycle. These animals are the rat, buffalo (ox), tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig (boar). There are a few different legends explaining the origin of the animals in the Chinese zodiac. A well-known legend says that the animals were invited to participate in a race by Buddha. The order that they appear in the Chinese zodiac is said to be the order of their position in the race.

A personalized zodiac sign gift is a fun and unique gift for just about anyone. It makes a perfect birthday gift, since a person’s zodiac sign is based on the date of his or her birth. It is an especially great gift for people who are into astrology, horoscopes, and the zodiac.

Sign Symbol Sun Sign Dates
Aries The Ram March 21 – April 20
Taurus The Bull April 21 – May 21
Gemini The Twins May 22 – June 21
Cancer The Crab June 22 – July 22
Leo The Lion July 23 – August 23
Virgo The Virgin August 24 – September 23
Libra The Scales September 24 – October 23
Scorpio The Scorpion October 24 – November 22
Sagittarius The Archer November 23 – December 21
Capricorn The Goat December 22 – January 20
Aquarius The Water Carrier January 21 – February 19
Pisces The Fish February 20 – March 20

Personalized Family Photo Frames

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

The holidays are a perfect time to take memorable family pictures. Holidays may be the only time of the year when the entire family is together. Who wouldn’t want to preserve the special and limited time when parents, children, relatives, and close friends are together? Perhaps the best way to do this is with a photograph.

One of the most common places to take a family Christmas photo is in front of the beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Since many (more…)

A Perfect Personalized Gift for Soul Mates

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

 Soul Mate:

“A person with whom one has a strong affinity

which cannot be expressed through words.

A best friend, a lover, a partner, a confidante,

a kind soul, a true love, a better half,

a significant other.”

Many people believe that there exists one true soul mate for them. They believe that there is one person out there in the world that they are destined to be with. For many this is a valid, romantic view of the world since romance thrives in their exclusive loving relationship. On the opposite side, there are people who believe that there is more than one person who they can fall in love with and work hard to have a relationship with. Even there are others who don’t believe in the concept of a soul mate at all.

Which is your belief, and how do you define a soul mate?

It may be a saddening idea that there is only one person in the world that you are meant to be with. What happens if you spend your entire life looking and never find this person? (more…)