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Billy Bear's Happy Valentine's Day __ Stop and play for a while.  You will find online games, printable coloring pages, clip art, and much more. - illustrated - From billybear4kids.com - http://www.billybear4kids.com/holidays/valentin/fun.htm  

BlackDog's Valentine's Day Fun and Games __ Oh my, we seem to have it all here.  There are online games, free wallpapers and screen savers, print and play downloads, vintage Victorian and cartoon cards, blank Valentine stationery, and much more. - illustrated - From blackdog.net - http://blackdog.net/holiday/valentine/index.html 

Howstuffworks "How Valentine's Day Works __ "Esther Howland, the woman who produced the first commercial American valentines in the 1840s, sold a then mind-boggling $5,000 in cards during her first year of business. The valentine industry in the United States has been booming ever since. Today, over 1 billion valentine cards are sent in this country each year..."  Learn how it all got started. - From howstuffworks.com - http://people.howstuffworks.com/valentine.htm 

Kids Domain - Valentines Day __ Here is some fun for the kids on the Valentine holiday with coloring sheets, valentines, word search puzzles, and more. - illustrated - From kidsdomain.com - http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/val/index.html

Saint Valentine __ "There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine". Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honor St. Valentine."  Learn more about the evolution of Valentine's Day traditions. - From pictureframes.co.uk - http://www.pictureframes.co.uk/pages/saint_valentine.htm 

Saint Valentine's little tokens of Love __ Read the poetry and view the imagery of Victorian era Valentine greetings.  They are truly remarkable creations. - illustrated - From scrapalbum.com - http://www.scrapalbum.com/stvalent.htm 

 

Valentine Be Mine! Valentines Over The Years __ A delightful history of the Valentine.  "A young Frenchman, Charles, Duke of Orleans, was one of the earliest creators of valentines, called "poetical or amorous addresses." From his confinement in the Tower of London after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, he sent several poems or rhymed love letters or "valentines" to his wife in France."  You will find much more from traditions to Valentine recipes. - From techdirect.com - http://techdirect.com/valentine/history.html 

Valentine's Day Facts - Date History Symbols Reason for Valentine's Day __ All that and more. - From About.com - http://familyinternet.about.com/library/blvalentinesdayfacts.htm 

Valentine's Day Fun for Kids __ You will find a fun collection of jokes, riddles, stories, online games, and items for printing. - illustrated - From bethanyroberts.com - http://www.bethanyroberts.com/ValentineFun.htm 

Valentine's Day Traditions Continue Despite Mysterious Origins __ "Each February 14th, Americans expose their romantic sides in order to capture the interest and heart of a loved one. Every year, American greeting card companies create more than $277 million worth of Valentines. There were 25,617 florists nationwide to help both men and women select the right flowers to send to loved ones this year. And lastly, perhaps to help substantiate the rumored uneven ratio on campus, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that in 1998, there were 114 unmarried men to every 100 unmarried women in the 18 to 44 age categories."  Well, that alone is the stuff of legend, but there is more.  You can find it here. - From WPI Newspeak Association - http://www.wpi.edu/News/TechNews/010214/valentine.shtml 

Valentine's Day Traditions: Traditions from Around the World. StValentine's Net: Valentines Day Songs, recipes, traditions, games, movies, facts, myths, legends. __ Yep, you will find everything in the title. - From stvalentines.net - http://www.stvalentines.net/traditions.htm 

Valentine's Day and White Day in Japan __ Here you can learn how the Japanese celebrate Valentine's Day in a unique fashion. Each Feb. 14, women shower men with chocolates and other goodies. ... But the men return the favor just one month later when White Day rolls around. - From Billy Hammond - http://tanutech.com/japan/valentine.html

 

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