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09 February 2014

Valentine's Day Event ~ @skye_warren #kindle

..Welcome to the Valentine's Day Gift Hop as we celebrate love, sex, and all things books! The grand prizes for this hop include a Kindle Paperwhite and digital new adult romance basket! Every comment on every blog in the hop will count as an entry toward either of the grand prizes. So once you're done here on my page, be sure to visit the other links provided below. The more places you visit and comment at the better your chances of winning! I'm also giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card so please read on & follow the directions below for entry for the prizes.
..The following bit about Valentine's Day I've posted before once upon a time, but I found it so interesting that I wanted to reshare. :)
......I did some poking around on the net to find out about the history of Valentine's Day and stumbled across this interesting tidbit at "Origins of Valentine's Day: A Pagan Festival in February ~ While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial--which probably occurred around A.D. 270--others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to "Christianize" the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.
......"To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat's hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city's bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage."
..Whether or not you're into the holiday, you have to admit that information is intriguing, right? Perhaps it's a good thing that the holiday has been modified. Could you imagine the commercials for something like that? Go to your corner store and buy your goat today! With coupon you'll receive a free bowl!
..So, what do you think about what's above? How do you feel about this holiday? Love it? Like it? Hate it? Don't care one way or the other? Answer one or as many of those questions you want in the comment section (be sure to leave your name and email too) and you'll be entered for the grand prizes and my prize as well! Want some extra entries? Feel free to follow me at one or more of these locations (each follow earns you an extra entry for the $10 Amazon GC):
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..Here are the other blogs participating in this event. Like I mentioned above, the more places you visit and comment at, the more chances you have of winning! This event runs until the evening of Saturday, February 15, 2014. Have fun hopping!


laurie said...

thank you for the wonderful giveaway

Cindi said...

I dislike the holiday because I'm usually single at this time of the year. I DO love the post though. It's always interesting learning about the holidays or even just hearing what people believe are its origins. Fun!!!
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amy bowens said...

I love the holiday because it is a time to really celebrate your love for your significant other. Very interesting fact's about Valentine's day you posted so glad they changes things! Thanks for sharing and I already follow you on facebook (amy bowens)
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Leigh Smith aka Sunny Girl said...

I think it's way too commercialized. I would rather have that special feeling every day, not just one day out of the year.

Jacklyn Gorman said...

LOL! I love the free bowl comment. Hmmm... I found that very interesting. I'm not so sure I'm up for a sacrifice or a bloodied hide slap, but everything has an origin. Valentine's to me is just an extra day to say I love you. My hubby's birthday is the 12th so we usually combine the two for some alone time.

Evil Tammy said...

I love the true meaning of Valentine's's a shame how commercialized it has gotten. I'm loving this blog hop and finding so many new to me authors!

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Sophie Knob said...

Cheesy or not, it really is Valentine's for me everyday with the man I love.

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Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages said...

An urn playing matchmaker for the singles! I'd never heard of that before. Sounds like it could be the plot for a romance novel. :)

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168d7130-34d4-11e2-91ad-000bcdcb5194 said...

I'm not crazy about the commercialization, forced displays of affection, and marginalization of singles, but the chocolate is good!


Stephanie T. said...

I don't care much about Valentine's day, it's honestly just a day with many events to prepare for.

celina k said...

I like the idea of Valentine's Day, but I find the pressure to have everything go perfectly and then not meeting expectations (nothing is ever perfect!) winds up with someone being dissapointed. Then it becomes about what went not according to plan rather than just enjoying the day!

celina k said...

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booklovez said...

V-day never held any meaning to me. I never celebrated it and nothing special ever happens on that day. I treat it just like every other day.

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booklovez said...

V-day never held any meaning to me. I never celebrated it and nothing special ever happens on that day. I treat it just like every other day.

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booklovez said...

V-day never held any meaning to me. I never celebrated it and nothing special ever happens on that day. I treat it just like every other day.

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Elise-Maria Barton said...

While I don't care one way or the other about V-day, I loved ur history lesson! It would make a great outtake for a book :)

Janhvi said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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melissa crisp said...

Wow I knew about Valentine's death but the rest was crazy. I don't know what I would do if someone walked up to me and slapped me with a bloody
I like Vday mainly because I like looking at everything in the stores but I don't really buy it.
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Wanda Craighead said...

Valentine's Day is not a favorite for me. I feel it is too much commercialism in it. I refuse to go anywhere on that day because of the mob that will be out. If my hubby is in town we have a quite day at home. We strive to let each other know throughout the year we love each other not just one day.

gemiinii said...

I LOVE the holidays!

Jen Barnard said...

I've never been a fan of Valentine's day. My birthday is the 16th and I've always felt a little odd going out for a meal on my b'day when everything is still pink and heart shaped from the 14th.

JL Hammer said...

I like Valentine's Day just because it's a day my hubby HAS to spoil me.
Thanks for the hop!

Tiffany Drew said...

It's just another day to me for the most part, but I do use it as an excuse to buy a new book or two :) Thank you!


Renee M said...

Could you just hear that "How did you meet Dad" story. Well kids first he hit me in the street with his bloody goat and then picked my name out of the universal urn. By the end of the year you were born. Even Hallmark would have a hard time making something special out of that story. LOL. Valentines Day is a day to think of others. Thanks for the info and the giveaway.

Jackie Huntington said...

I've always liked Valentine's Day, but that could be because my birthday is the day before. I remember one year I got 2 cakes! I like the history behind all holidays-it's always good to know where you come from. And yes, the commercials would be wild--think Superbowl! LOL

desiree reilly said...

we are in our 7th year now for anniversary we been living together ad then the bd is coming up on the 18 i get flowers on that day they came today and then we are going to the blue grass show tomorrow
i follw yo all the ways
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Laurel Lasky said...

We just relax.

Alicia Lopez said...

I love the commercializing of Valentine's Day because as a chocohalic, it's the next day that counts. 75% discount chocolate is amazing.

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hhkaufman78 said...

I like the holiday, but we usually just celebrate at home, with our little kiddos.

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Stacey said...

Happy Valentines Day CR
I could take the day or leave it. I love when my husband surprises me on non-holidays!

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Eva Millien said...

Interesting on the history, I didn't know that. I spend my day reading a good book and eating chocolate covered caramels. Thanks for sharing the hop and your giveaway. Happy Valentine's Day! evamillien at gmail dot com

Natasha D said...

I like it.
I love decorating for it.
Thanks for the chance to win!
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jmcgaugh said...

I've always liked Valentine's Day.
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Veronika said...

I've always loved Valentine's Day but I've never thought about is as a special day. When someone is in love, every day must be spent in love not just one day.
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Dovile said...

I'm indifferent. I like the attention, but this holiday is too commercialized.

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Mary @SweepingMe said...

It's ok but just another day!

Thanks for the great giveaway!

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Shannon Williams said...

I don't care for it one way or the other. We just stay home with our kids & make dinner with them. Kind of a tradition, we don't spend massive amounts of money on flowers & candy, we do give a valentine card.

Catherine Lee said...

I think it's a very overblown holiday. There's such pressure on guys to make it perfectly romantic and such unrealistic expectations for women.
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Marybeth Renn said...

I like Valentine's Day. It is our anniversary!

Brittany Wendtland said...

I love Valentine's Day!! I'm a romantic!!! bw2323bro(@)

Fae said...

i like it. happy valentines day!
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Shadow said...

Hi! Happy Valentines! Thank you for sharing and for ​the amazing giveaway!

Donna Newman said...

Hi, I do love Valentine's Day even though we didn't do anything special other than spending time together.

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Donna Newman said...

Hi, I do love Valentine's Day even though we didn't do anything special other than spending time together.

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magic5905 said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
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samantha loving said...

dont really care either way. id rather my hubby surprise me on a random day.

Spav said...

I'm pretty indifferent about Valentine's Day.


Courtney said...

I like the holiday. It's a no pressure holiday for my husband and I. Maybe a little step up from a date night. If we can try a new place or a tried and true restaurant, that would be awesome. But we don't have to go anywhere, just spending time with each other is precious to us.

Sherry said...

I don't really care for Valentine's Day to me it's just another day.
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Jenn Oldaker said...

I found the post very informative! As for Valentine's Day.... in general I don't think you need one day in the year to show someone how much you love them... this should be spread throughout the year! :) jjo7796 at hotmail dot com

Jenn Oldaker said...

Forgot to include in my last post... I'm following you:

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Pam said...

To me it's just another day.

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