February is traditionally the month of love with Valentine´s Day being celebrated on 14th.

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Many people send Valentine cards anonymously, to a current partner or to someone they would like to start dating.

This seems to have been started in Victorian times, when it was considered bad luck to sign Valentine cards.

This superstition may be linked to one of the legends around Saint Valentine, a priest in Rome during the third century AD who was jailed for marrying young men persecuted by Emperor Claudius. The Emperor believed single men made the best soldiers. Valentine apparently fell in love with the jailer´s daughter and sent her a love letter signed “from your Valentine” on the day of his execution...February 14th.

So, whether you are in a relationship or not, if you would like to add fun and intrigue to Valentine´s Day, send an anonymous card to someone you like and see if they can figure out who their secret admirer is!

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The closing of one year and the start of the new tends to be a moment when people decide to change a habit or lifestyle in a positive way. This is called a "New Year´s Resolution".

Why wait until a new year? Each new day brings an opportunity to do something in a new way.

Here is an activity to become aware of what you would like to improve and create your own "New Day´s Resolution":

Go over the events of the day each evening. Choose one area you would like to change. Write down one small action you can take to improve this. Put the notebook on your bedside table so you can see it when you awake, ready for the New Day.

Wishing you all the best for the New Year, and every New Day in it!

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Winter, in nature, is a time for hibernation, a time for rest, aligned with the Solstice.

Solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium and means the sun stands still.

December is also a time for celebrations in many cultures and religions with Christmas and New Year festivities.

Many years ago, when I was in England for Christmas, we received a gift ordered by a Spanish friend with the printed message on the card "Felices Siestas". The message was meant to be "Felices Fiestas" however the handwritten original message was misread, mistaking the letter "f" for an "s". An amusing anecdote which we still remember with affection at this time of year.

Wishing you all happy and restful holidays!

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