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Valentine's Day Traditions



Valentine's Day Traditions
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.76

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     challenging words:    store-bought, mass-produced, existence, hand-carved, worldwide, billion, supposedly, goldfinch, tradition, custom, early, prison, practice, whose, factory, poor
     content words:    Middle Ages


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Valentine's Day Traditions
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Do you have a valentine tradition? A tradition is a practice or custom that is done the same way year after year. Hundreds of years ago, the children in England had a Valentine's Day tradition of dressing up as adults and going from home to home singing songs.
 
2     In Wales, a valentine tradition involved giving hand-carved wooden spoons to loved ones. The spoons were decorated with hearts, keys, and keyholes. These symbols were supposed to mean "you unlock my heart."
 
3     Another tradition involves twisting the stem off an apple. Think of five or six names of people that you like. Say the names of these people as you twist the stem. Supposedly, you will marry the person whose name you say when the stem falls off.

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