A Collection of Feel Good Valentines Day Videos

I thought I'd share a collection of feel good Valentines Day Videos. Whether you are single, have a long-time partner, or perhaps a new love interest in your life, these should tug at your heartstrings and make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

First up is a fairly recent video that is by far my favourite. It's the Oscar-nominated Paperman.

Paperman - Full Animated Short Film

Here’s a little bit about Paperman off YouTube:

“Using a minimalist black-and-white style, this animated love story follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.”

Next up is Matt Harding's 2012 Dance video, which I like to call "Dancing for Humanity".

Where the Hell is Matt? 2012

Here's Matt's message off YouTube:

"This video was made without a sponsor. You don't have to buy anything. Just remember we need to take care of each other."

And of course you can't beat Isaac's Live Lip-Dub Proposal. Or can you?

Valentines Day Videos: Isaac's Live Lip-Dub Proposal

Here's what Isaac Lamb had to say:

"On Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012, I told my girlfriend to meet me at my parent's house for dinner. When she arrived I had stationed my brother to sit her in the back of an open Honda CRV and give her some headphones. He wanted to play her a song..."

This next one is one of my favouite songs by one of my favourite bands. It's Fairytale of New York by Sarah Blackwood and Gianni Luminati of Walk Off The Earth fame.

Fairytale of New York - Gianni and Sarah (Walk off the Earth)

A little bit about the band:

"Walk off the Earth is a Canadian indie band formed in 2006 in Burlington, Ontario. They have gained success around the world by making low-budget music videos of covers and originals. The band built their fan base independently with no help from record labels, booking agents or management" - Wikipedia

This one is a world favourite. There is no doubt that dogs share human emotions. It's "Denver the guilt dog".

Denver Official Guilty Dog Video

"Someone helped themselves to the kitty Cat treats while I was out!! Let's see who is Guilty! and cracks under pressure!"

Who wouldn't be moved by a rendition of "Stand by Me"? Especially when it has been created as a song from around the world!

Playing For Change: Peace Through Music

Here's a snippet from the makers:

"From the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music", comes the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe."

I hope you enjoyed my collection of Happy Valentines Day Videos! Any favourites? Or do you perhaps have your own to share?

Valentines Day VideosMuch Love,
Galen xoxo

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VIDEO: Valentines Day ideas (good idea bad idea)

VALENTINES Day is that nauseating time of year when capitalism is in the air; but we call in “love” or give it some other facade. It is the time of teddy bears, chocolates and prick-less roses which adorn many a street as we near February 14.

If you're a hopelessly romantic girl with a guy, you're likely expecting Valentines Day to be the most romantic day of your life. If you're a guy with a girl, you're likely dreading this moment and wondering if your stuffed teddy bear or box of chocolates idea will suffice.

Originality is a rare trait when it comes to Valentines Day. If you're thinking of “doing something special” this year, here are some good and bad Valentines Day ideas – brought to you by the boys who made the brilliant Braaiday video.

Valentines Day: Good Idea Bad Idea - Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues

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VALENTINES DAY LORE: Legends behind Valentines Day

Lupercus - Valentines Day Lore and Legend

Lupercus - Slayer of wolves

Valentines Day lore is thought to have evolved from a spring holiday celebrated in ancient Rome. The feast of Lupercalia was actually celebrated on February 15 and honoured the god Lupercus, who protected the people and their herds from wolves.

On this day, dances were held for single young men and women. A man would draw his partner’s name from a piece of papyrus placed in a bowl. The man not only danced with his partner but was also obligated to protect her throughout the New Year, which began in March.

In many cases the partners became sweethearts and were soon married. When the tradition of these dances was later revived in the Middle Ages, a man would wear his sweetheart’s name on his sleeve. Even today we refer to someone who is quick to show their feeling as "wearing his heart on his sleeve."

Why it is called Valentines Day?

Valentines Day most likely received its name and date from Valentinus, a Roman priest who was beheaded on February 14 in the third century A.D. At that time, Emperor Claudius II banned all weddings and engagements. He believed that newly married men made poor Roman soldiers. Valentinus defied the emperor by performing secret marriages and has since been regarded as "the patron saint of lovers".

When Valentinus was imprisoned for refusing to worship pagan gods, children made bouquets, tied on love notes, and tossed them through the prison bars. Valentine then prayed for a miracle, hoping that God would restore the sight of the jailer’s blind daughter.

The Emperor Claudius became enraged when the miracle occurred and both the jailer and his daughter converted to Christianity. Condemned to die, the priest sent the young girl a farewell message signed simply, “from your Valentine.”

Here's a great little animated explainer video that gives a great history of Valentines Day in under 2 minutes:

Valentines Day Messages

Over time, love notes sent to sweethearts on February 14 became known as valentines - as did those who sent them. Paper valentines differed from those of today in that most were printed without messages. This left the 18th-century lover to pen his own sentiment. Paper valentines became popular in the 18thC.

Before commercial printers created the colorful heirlooms we now have from Victorian times, people created their own valentines from paper scraps. In the 19th-century a lady would trace the outline of her hand, then add a paper heart in the center as a symbol of her affection for the recipient.

Valentines Day Gifts

Valentines Bouquet - Valentines Lore and LegendMany girls of the same period made watch papers for their sweethearts. Cut from pretty paper, silk or satin, these small circles replaced the ordinary papers that kept the dust out of pocket watches. The circles were painted or embroidered with hearts, the lovers’ initials, or a special motto, and quickly became popular Valentines Day gifts.

Through the years it has been said that a girl could dream of her future husband on St. Valentines Eve by sleeping with four bay leaves pinned to the corners of her pillow. Sleeping with any of the following under your pillow could bring dreams of one’s true love:

  • A silver spoon
  • A small ladder made of sticks
  • A love-knot fashioned from wood shavings
  • Three pebbles gathered from a place newly visited, or
  • A bit of wedding cake that had been passed through a gold ring three times.

A woman should count the first nine stars she sees during nine consecutive nights. The first eligible man she sees the next day would supposedly become her husband - if she so desires. Legend holds that a young girl could see the face of her future husband by peering at the moon on St. Valentines Eve. For a time many believed this face was “the man in the moon.”

Happy Valentines Day :-)

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