First of all, just to let you know, the winter giveaway is over and was a great success, with 83 entries. The winner has been notified.
Secondly, St. Valentine’s Day. It’s in four days time. And in honour of the day, Magnetic Products Store is doing a special promotion. But hurry up if you want to allow enough time for the item(s) you order to reach you.
No doubt there are those among you who would like to know why we celebrate Valentine as the “patron saint of lovers.” The question is, which of the fourteen saint Valentines are we talking about? In fact only three of them are celebrated on the 14th of February. By the way, on a purely pedantic note, this year St. Valentine’s day is also the 50th anniversary of Australia going over to decimal currency!
But I digress. Getting back to our pantheon of Saint Valentines, you’re probably wondering which was the romantic? The answer is that, as far as we can tell, none of them were. They were all Christian martyrs. So how did the name come to be associated with romantic love? I can only speculate here, but several factors may have contributed to it. chief amongst them is the Christian tradition that treats marriage as a sacrament symbolizing God’s unconditional love for humanity. Secondly, there were tales about early Christians performing secret marriage ceremonies for low-ranking soldiers who were allegedly not allowed to marry in pagan Rome. And some of these were attributed to this St. Valentine. But these tales have little if any basis in history. Because Roman soldiers most certainly were allowed to marry, regardless of rank.
It is quite possible that the actual association of St. Valentine with romance was due to Chaucer who wrote a poem in which he suggested that Valentine’s day was the date on which birds chose their mate. It’s unlikely that birds actually do start their mating season that early. But the mere fact that such a distinguished writer as Chaucer suggested it, planted the idea in people’s minds and as the reporter says at the end of The man who shot Liberty Valance: “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Thus, St. Valentine’s Day came to be associated with lovers and romance, in England at least.
But because England – and it’s great language – came to lead the civilized world, the association of Saint Valentine with romance spread throughout the world. But by the late eighteenth century young men routinely sent handwritten cards to their paramours expressing their eternal devotion. And with the advent of modern technology, those cards then came to be printed, serving a mass market. To this was added the giving of gifts such as flowers, confectionery and jewellery.
And, of course, candle-lit dinners are popular.
But not everyone can afford gold and diamonds. But then again you don’t have to. The special promotion at MPS offers a massive range of magnetic bracelets, including copper bangles, stainless steel and glittering Swarovski.
Those nice folks at Magnetic Products Store – the largest online retailer of magnetic bracelets in Europe and the second largest in the world – are giving away a magnetic bracelet as part of the great giveaway season. They are launching this season with this late winter giveaway, designed to capture the spirit of the post-Christmas period by offering some late winter cheer during this inglorious interregnum between the recent festivities of Xmas and New Year and the forthcoming Spring thaw and the great warming up that we all hope will follow on, not a minute too soon.
Naturally, not everyone will be a winner. Like every other lottery and raffle, there will be many who cast their bread upon the waters, but only one who takes home the prize. But this is as it ever as. The difference is that there is no entry fee, no financial ante to be put up, no stake money to be put down on the line. No, indeed! All you have to do is enter. You can do so here if you are using a desktop or laptop and here if you are using a tablet, smartphone or other mobile device.
The draw will be made on Saturday the 6th of February, so there are only a few more days. But it only takes a few seconds to enter, so there’s no excuse not to.
If you want to know what the prizes are, they are a European titanium magnetic bracelet (if the winner is a man) or a Venus Hearts bracelet (if the winner is a woman). Of course, the winner can in fact choose either. After all, the more progressive among us don’t believe in gender stereotyping. And in any case, the winner might want it as a present for someone else.
This will surely not be the last giveaway that MPS do. And aside from giveaways, they will almost certainly be doing some great promotions for St Valentine’s Day.
So in addition to entering the giveaway you might like to check out what they have to offer. Apart from bracelets, they have necklaces, energy pendants, anklets and even things for dogs. Not that your dog needs a gift for Valentine’s Day! So go on Love birds… check out what’s waiting for you there. We know you won’t be disappointed.