Ah…It’s Valentine’s Day!
by Shala J. LaTorraca ◊ Feb 03, 2012
Well, my husband thinks that Valentine’s Day is a scam. And, I don’t necessarily disagree with him; however, I do like the day…mostly because it can help us be intentional in showing our love to one another rather than taking each other for granted. So, in honor of the day, here is some fun trivia (but I must admit that I didn’t do much research on this, so I’m not sure how accurate it is…I hope you enjoy it anyway):
• Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts.
• Fifteen percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
• More than 50 percent of cards are sold the week of the holiday, with the largest and most elaborate Valentine cards sold 48 hours before February 14.
• About three percent of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
• Cupid, another symbol of Valentines Day, became associated with it because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards holding a bow and arrows because he is believed to use magical arrows to inspire feelings of love.
• Hallmark has over 1330 different cards specifically for Valentine’s Day.
• In the United States, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts.
• Seventy percent of those celebrating the holiday give a card, followed by a telephone call (49%), gift (48%), special dinner (37%), candy (33%), restaurant meal (30%), and flowers (19%).