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Important Dates to Remember for the new year:
January 20- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 31- Chinese New Year
History of Chinese New Year
Year of the Horse
Legend has it that Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of the traits of that animal’s personality. Those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, and talented.
Traditional Celebrations
 Decorate with red. Red is the color or symbol of good luck in Chinese culture. The number “8” also symbolizes good luck and wealth, as in Chinese the word for eight rhymes with fortune or wealth.
Visiting family and friends are an important part of celebrating. Traditionally red envelopes with money are given to children who are encouraged to save the money for the sake of continued prosperity.
Set off firecrackers.The firecrackers used in China are loud fireworks that are mostly lit on the ground. The loud noises are thought to scare the bad spirits away, to prevent them from bringing bad luck.


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What Women Want…an age-old question. Type it into Google and you’ll find the Mel Gibson/ Helen Hunt movie, some trashy articles written by single men, and even some books on the psyche of women. Wow.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, there have got to be atleast a handful of men out there scratching their heads. How do I make her happy?

While we don’t profess or even come close to having all the answers, we are in the business of making educated guesses when it comes to feelings.

So here goes.

We put out a little survey of sorts (that would be a facebook status update) that asked, “Ok, girls. What do women want.” The answers ranged from pretty typical to hilarious (the hilarious answer being from, of course, a man.)

These women want to feel validated and loved. No shocker there. Others want to be SuperWoman: the perfectly clean house, the perfectly behaved child, the perfectly happy marriage. They want to feel appreciated for all the hard work that they do. And let’s face it, it’s not easy being a woman.

Some girls don’t want to have to be SuperWoman. They want help doing the chores; for the man to step up and say, “I’ll take care of this for you.”

Love, respect, and communication. Easy peasy.

Chocolate. And lots of it. And the list could go on forever.

The answer from the brave lone man was, “Isn’t this question proof that women don’t even know what they want?”

While that may be the easy answer for some guys, we would suggest that according to our overwhelming (and shockingly fast) responses by these women, that women do indeed know exactly what they want.

Did anybody catch the common thread in all these answers? Here’s our educated guess. While every woman is totally different in her tastes and likes and dislikes, ALL women really want essentially the same thing: to be noticed and adored for being exactly who she is. The house will never be (or more importantly STAY) perfectly clean. Children will have their bad days. Marriages…well, they have bad days too. Women can’t do it all. So let her put her SuperWoman get-up away for a day.

It won’t be the gift or the flowers or the chocolates that matter come Valentine’s Day. But the gift and the flowers and the chocolates (or whatever gesture you boys decide to make) will let your girls know that you notice her. And that you adore her for who she is.

It’s a win-win situation. Really.

Show some L.O.V.E. this Valentine's Day!

Show some L.O.V.E. this Valentine’s Day!

Ladies. We want to hear from YOU! What do YOU want? Comment below, post on facebook or tweet #whatwomenwant

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This post is in honor of there being only 17 days until the BIG day for lovers and dreamers everywhere. Valentine’s Day is quick approaching, and whether or not you think it’s a worthwhile holiday, chances are there is someone in your life who thinks that it most definitely is.

Valentine’s Day actually gets its roots from some pretty unsavory Pagan celebrations. Being a widely popular thing, however, Christians decided to give it a more meaningful background.

The story goes that in the third century A.D. Roman Emperor Claudius II was looking to boost the numbers in his army. He forbade young men to marry in order to accomplish his design. Valentine, it is said, flouted the ban, performing marriages in secret. You just can’t stop love.

For his defiance, Valentine was executed in A.D. 270—on February 14, the story goes.

So now it is a day to flaunt our love. And over the years, it has become not just romantic love, but also that of friends and family.

So what do we do on Valentine’s Day? Well, the kids give little cards and candies. (Don’t you wish it was still that simple, and your friends and family still so easy to please?) But most of us go for the heavy hitters: flowers, chocolates, cards, a nice shirt to wear out to dinner…And all to show our affection. It’s important to tell people closest to us that we love them.

Would you like to see what we’ve got for you? Just to name a few…

colorful blooms white colorful blooms pink colorful blooms light pink colorful blooms lavender Valentine's Romance 2013 Valentine's Masterpiece 2013 DARRSF12SR Valentin'e Day Signature 2013 DVA05 Tulip Delight 2013 DVA02

And there’s more where that came from. Check out our website for more special arrangements! http://www.watanabefloral.com

You can also see our pinterest board http://pinterest.com/watanabefloral/valentine-s-day/ for some more Valentine’s ideas. (Show us some L.O.V.E. and follow us!)

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Giving and receiving flowers is ALWAYS nice. But in times past, the meaning or symbol of specific flowers was as significant as those little emoticons we use in text messages today. With Valentine’s Day approaching, be you woman or man, you may be thinking about ordering flowers already. And if that’s the case, then you might want to know EXACTLY what’s going into that lovely bouquet, seen and unseen; spoken and unspoken.

First off, let’s list the top 10 most popular Valentine’s flowers.

1.) Roses (duh!)

2.) Daisies

3.) Tulips

4.) Lilies

5.) Orchids

6.) Carnations

7.) Lilacs

8.) Wildflowers

9.) Sunflowers

10.) Irises

Not surprisingly, Roses are THE most popular bud for Valentine’s Day. Why? Because they are a classic symbol of love, romance, beauty, and perfection.

If you’re not really all that into Roses, you could always go for Daisies. These happy little flowers not only look bright and cheerful, but they also symbolize beauty, purity, and innocence.

Tulips are a personal favorite. They are a common flower (lending to their affordability) yet they are classic and timeless. Tulips symbolize perfect love. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Fourth most popular are Lilies. Lilies are gorgeous and sophisticated. These flowers exude beauty, class, and style. Mix with Roses, and you’ve got yourself an extremely romantic and well-thought out gift.

Orchids are a gorgeous exotic flower. They symbolize love, beauty, luxury, and strength. A bouquet with Orchids is definitely a little more on the wild side than a bouquet of Roses, but who said wild was a bad thing?

Carnations when done right can be very impactful. They mean fascination and new love. And what’s more, they are a hearty, long-lasting (up to 3 weeks!) bud that make a perfect gift!

Lilacs. Some people LOVE Lilacs. When given in a bouquet, they mean, “Do you still love me?”

There are over 5,000 species of Wildflowers. They have an exotic and untamed appeal. They symbolize adoration.

Sunflowers, appropriately named, are bright! They are happy and warm, but beyond that they symbolize loyalty.

Finally, Irises in some countries stand for royalty. They also symbolize faith and hope.

For more flowers, pictures, and meanings go to:

http://www.watanabefloral.com/flower-meanings/

http://www.watanabefloral.com/flower-gallery/

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