Monthly Archives: February 2015

Chinese New Year 2015 – February 19th – the Year of the Sheep (Goat or Ram)

Chinese New Year is an annual celebration that marks the start of the new year according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar. The Chinese calendar consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems. Because the track of the new moon changes from year to year, Chinese New Year will always fall between late January and mid-February. For 2015 Chinese New Year is February 19th. Each Chinese new year is represented by 1 of the 12 Chinese Zodiac creatures, 2015 is the year of the Sheep (Goat or Ram). People like the Sheep (Goat or Ram) the most among the Zodiac Animals, they are very gentle and calm in nature.

Chinese New Year decorations consist of lanterns, cherry blossoms, orange-trees and lots of red colour. A very important aspect of celebrating Chinese New Year is the reunion dinner that is held on the eve of the New Year. Family members come together usually in the parents or eldest brother’s home to celebrate. The dinner is very lavish and consists of multiple courses. Gift giving is also an important part of Chinese New Year and the most common gifts that are given amongst family, colleagues and business contacts are those of boxes of oranges or live orange trees. If you are looking for gift giving ideas for Chinese New Year, sweets, fruit baskets and orchids are great gifts for this occasion. Chocolate candy gift baskets or fresh fruit baskets would be very appropriate for gift giving as well as orchid plants.

T108-3A - Luxurious Indulgence

TFWEB277 - Holiday Fruit BasketT98-2A - Teleflora's Opulent Orchids

Valentine Gifts for Him – What to Send a Guy?

Have you often wondered what to get your fellow on Valentine’s day? There are several choices available to send and surprise him on this special day. Guys do like flowers. When choosing flowers for a man we have a few tips to share:

  1. Choose bold and bright primary colors and avoid the soft pastel tones.

    TFWEB619 - Teleflora's Bamboo Sunshine

    Bamboo Sunshine

  2. Choose a design that would be more “masculine” in nature such as one that is monochromatic.
  3. Dendrobium orchids are great picks for flowers when sending to men, they come in white and purple which are great colors.

    T81-1A -  Zen Artistry

    Orchids

  4. A favourite among guys are tropical flowers, there are several different varieties that are available, but a popular choice are the birds of paradise.

    T77-1A - Teleflora's Exotic Grace

    Exotic Grace

  5. Modern and contemporary floral designs are wonderful to send to men, they have more of a clean and natural look.
  6. You can choose a floral arrangement that has a personal touch, for example if he likes to work on cars or trucks and is a automotive enthusiast, a great pick could be the 1948 ford pickup or a Jeep Wrangler. This type of flower arrangement is very appropriate and the container can be used in the future for different types of items especially when placed on a desk top. Teleflora's '48 Ford Pickup Bouquet

Other gift ideas include gift baskets, Valentines gift baskets can range from chocolates baskets, to junk food baskets, to healthy fruit and gourmet baskets. Whatever the choice, he is sure to love it.

TF158-2 - Junk Food Bucket

Junk Food Bucket

How to choose Valentine’s Day Flowers for Every Age and Every Stage of Love

The true essence of Valentine’s Day is telling someone you love them, and traditionally we expect that this would mean a romantic expression of love that is between two people. However as we look at the expression of love between two people, which is much like love itself, we have realized that this changes throughout one’s life cycle. We can divide our age groups into 3 different groups when deciding on what type of Valentine’s Day flowers to purchase.

  1. Teens and 20’s – First Love
    With this age group we can view love as that of “first love”. It can be viewed at as being very emotional, and passionate. Valentines Flowers that are most often chosen in this age group are those of the traditional dozen red roses.Precious Roses
  2. In the middle – Middle Aged Love
    With this age group of love, middle aged love can come in a few different ways. There may be love between couples that have been together for a number of years. There can also be love between couples who have left other relationships and are now in a phase of courtship. For this group of individuals, the tradition of flower giving is made more with choosing Valentines Flowers that are longer lasting and that have a combination of flower types which may include Roses. TEV12-5A - Dance with Me Bouquet with Red Roses
  3. The Golden Years – Long Term Senior Love
    For the seniors group love may be long term, new or perhaps dearly departed. Flowers are especially treasured within this group. On Valentine’s Day it is important to remember that all segments of love have important aspects. Within this age group, fresh cut Valentine flower arrangements or flowering gift baskets are very popular. T91-3A - Pretty in Pink Azalea

History of Valentine’s Day

The origins of Valentine’s Day go back in history with both Christian and ancient Roman traditions. The Catholic Church recognizes three different saints named Valentine, all of who were martyred.

One legend states that Valentine was a priest during the third century in Rome, and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret when Emperor Claudius II outlawed the marriage of young men. Claudius ordered Valentine to be put to death once he discovered what he was doing.

Another story suggests that Valentine may have been killed in the attempt to help Christians escape prisons in Rome. It is suggested that an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” note himself to a young girl who he fell in love with who visited him in prison. Before his death, he wrote her a letter and it was signed “from your Valentine”. The truth behind the history of Valentines is not very clear, all of the stories however, seem to relate to a romantic figure.

There is also the belief that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to acknowledge the anniversary of Valentine’s death or buvalenrial. Others seem to claim that the Christian church decided to have St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, a Roman god of agriculture. At the end of the 5th century Pope Gelasius declared February 14th as St. Valentine’s Day. This day became associated with love much later, during the middle ages, it was believed that February 14th was the beginning of the mating season for birds. Thus adding to the idea that the middle of February should be a day of romance.

Today, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, the USA, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Australia and Great Britain. Every February 14th gifts of Valentines flowers and chocolates are exchanged between loved ones.

Precious Roses

The Perfect Valentine Flower – Valentines Roses