Happy Valentine's Day !




My Funny Valentine

    The song you hear playing is "My Funny Valentine", written by Rogers & Hart in 1937. It was later used in the movie "Babes In Arms" in 1939. If you'd like to stop the music while you're here just use the controls in the upper left-hand corner. Here are the lyrics to the song :


My Funny Valentine

Behold the way our fine feathered friend,
His virtue doth parade
Thou knowest not, my dim-witted friend
The picture thou hast made
Thy vacant brow, and thy tousled hair
Conceal thy good intent
Thou noble upright truthful sincere,
And slightly dopey gent.

You're my funny valentine,
Sweet comic valentine,
You make me smile with my heart.
Your looks are laughable, un-photographable,
Yet, you're my favorite work of art.

Is your figure less than Greek?
Is your mouth a little weak?
When you open it to speak, are you smart?
But, don't change a hair for me.
Not if you care for me.
Stay little valentine, stay!
Each day is Valentine's Day.

Is your figure less than Greek?
Is your mouth a little weak?
When you open it to speak, are you smart?
But, don't change a hair for me.
Not if you care for me.
Stay little valentine, stay!
Each day is Valentine's Day.


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The History of Valentine's Day

    In ancient Rome there was a pagan festival, in mid-February, for the god of fertility, Lupercus. This festival celebrated sensual pleasures and was a time to find a mate.
    In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius outlawed the festival, declaring it sinful. To keep folks happy he devised a new celebration in its place that was somewhat similar but morally acceptable to the church. The martyred Bishop Valentine was chosen as the patron saint of this new festival and for good reason. Saint Valentine had been beheaded for helping young couples marry against the wishes of Emperor Claudius.
    It is said that Saint Valentine fell in love himself, with his jail-keeper's daughter. Before he was executed he penned a love note to her, signing it, "From Your Valentine", a phrase which later became widely used by those celebrating St. Valentine's Day.
    St. Valentine's Day caught on and young men began a new custom of giving handwritten notes of affection to young women they wished to court, on February 14th. These notes or cards became known as Valentine's Day cards.

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    At one time lovers exchanged notes or letters on Valentine's Day but in the 1840s an American woman, Esther Howland, marketed the first true Valentine cards. She sold over 5000 cards the first year and from then on Valentine cards took off. Today we not only give Valentine cards to our romantic interest, but also to others whom we love, such as family and friends. As we all know children everywhere still enjoy the fun of trading little Valentine cards each year in most schools.

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        I have a large selection of free Valentine graphics and backgrounds for you to use at my free graphics site. Just click on the logo below :



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Some Kids' Valentines To Print Out :

Instructions : Use the links below to go to the page of Valentines you wish to print out. Once you get there point your mouse to the upper left-hand corner of your browser menu. Click on "File", then click on "Print". After you've printed out the Valentines, cut them out to give to friends. NOTE : You may have to change the "left" and "right", "top" and "bottom" margin size in your Page Setup for your printer to 0.10 of an inch to ensure that all of the Valentines get printed. (Click on "File", then on "Page Setup") These cards look best if printed on card paper made for computers.
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