Valentine’s Day Gift Hop!

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Welcome to Bev Elle’s Valentine‚Äôs Day Gift Hop stop!

So honored to be participating in this Valentine’s Day Gift Hop with almost 200 hundred other author and review blogs, as we celebrate love and books!

If you are a reader of romance, here’s your opportunity to discover new authors and new review blogs to follow. Each stop has a prize of its own, like an ebook or a small gift card. You only have to leave a comment to enter, but there are other opportunities to earn entries in each giveaway.

The overall hop has two grand prizes: a new adult romance digital gift basket and a Kindle Paperwhite!

My hop has three prizes: A $15, $10, and $5 Amazon Gift Card. Please enter both Giveaways below!

THE ORIGIN OF VALENTINE’S DAY

I love to learn about the origins of things, and Valentine’s Day is that holiday we’ve all celebrated despite the scant knowledge we possess of its origin. After signing up to participate in Skye Warren’s Blog Hop, I went to the trusty Wikipedia to do a bit of research. This is the information I found there about Valentine’s Day:

“Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as¬†Valentine’s Day¬†or the¬†Feast of Saint Valentine,¬†¬†is observed on¬†February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them.

St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian¬†saints named Valentinus.¬†Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies.¬†¬†A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings¬†for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire.¬†According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius.

The day was first associated with romantic love¬†in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when¬†the tradition of courtly love¬†flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers¬†expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards¬†(known as “valentines“). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped¬†outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid.¬†Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.”

Although the holiday holds the distinction of being the most commercialized non-workplace observed holiday (a phrase I coined to mean, you don’t get this off as a paid holiday), it is one of the most celebrated by lovers the world over, who set aside this day to recognize those they care about most. In celebration of romance itself, I present my giveaway, as well as Skye Warren’s. Please enter both rafflecopter giveaways, then move on to the next blog in the Hop.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE GRAPHIC TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY:

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PLEASE CLICK ANYWHERE ON THE GRAPHIC TO GO BACK TO SKYE’S PAGE

AND ENTER HER GIVEAWAY, THEN MOVE ON TO THE NEXT BLOG TO PARTICIPATE:

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