Valentines Day Trivia

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Valentine’s Day is big business. Consumers will spend an average of $77.43 on Valentine’s Day gifts this year.

E-commerce retailers expect to rack up about $650 million in sales of food, candy, flowers, and other Valentine’s Day gifts. Of that amount about $350 million will be for gifts and flowers and another $45 million will be spent on food (including chocolate) and wine. About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. That’s the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.

15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

About 3% of pet owners will give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.

The oldest known Valentines were sent in 1415 A.D. by the Duke of Orleans to his French wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. It is still on display in a museum in England.

California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine’s Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America. Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.

February 14, 270 A.D. – Roman Emperor Claudius II, dubbed “Claudius the Cruel,” beheaded a priest named Valentine for performing marriage ceremonies. Claudius II had outlawed marriages when Roman men began refusing to go to war in order to stay with their wives.

Hallmark has over 1330 different cards specifically for Valentine’s Day.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

In the United States, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine’s Day with their sweethearts.

In the 17th century, a hopeful maiden ate a hard-boiled egg and pinned five bay leaves to her pillow before going to sleep on Valentine’s eve. It was believed this would make her dream of her future husband.

In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.

It wasn’t until 1537 that St. Valentine’s Day was declared an official holiday. England’s King Henry VIII declared February 14th a holiday.

Only the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Australia and the U.K. celebrate Valentine’s Day. Oops! Many more countries are celebrating Valentine’s Day than I realized though not all have official holidays.

Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts. Children ages 6 to 10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine’s cards with teachers, classmates, and family members.

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16 replies
  1. Karthik
    Karthik says:

    Yea,there are valentines deals and discounts with companies trying to pick up the sales….During these difficult times,it has at least brought some cheerfulness to the people.

    And btw,its really strange that what one considers as a sign of good luck is considered as a sign of bad omen in another part of the world. lol

  2. tucsoncarinsuranceguy
    tucsoncarinsuranceguy says:

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  3. David
    David says:

    That was really interesting information about Valentines Day. I remember when I was a child in school, everyone would give out cards to everyone else in class. Being a little boy, I wanted to get superhero Valentines Day cards! I wish I had kept some of those childhood cards.

  4. DrBurst
    DrBurst says:

    This was a really great post. This holiday is a great idea on paper, but in reality it brings out many flaws. I believe in the modern world that many people are not dating or marring for the right reasons. I think they date because there is social to do so. A relationship, based on expernal pressures, will run into a road bump on Valentines Day. But a real, loving relationship will only see this as a time to have an excuse to go out, but the gifts and the money will not matter. I loved the enlightening post.

  5. Jamie
    Jamie says:

    Approximately 110 million roses, the majority red, will be sold and delivered within a three-day time period.

    haha that is a lot of roses! It blows my mind how much more expensive they are on Valentine’s day than any other time of the year.

    I was filling out my daughters little valentines day cards this year for her classmates (she’s three, so she isn’t quite ready to do it herself.) and it made me think back to when I was a kid making sure the cute boy in school got the extra special Valentine in the box!

    I asked my daughter if she wanted to make anyone a special valentine, and she chose our dog, so I guess I am still in the clear!

  6. Angela Wenke
    Angela Wenke says:

    Two days before Valentines day our local florist which is a family run business it caught on fire due to a faulty cash register. What amazed me was knowing how most of us in our community are struggling finacially, people were stopping this florist in droves to buy the flowers that did survive to help this family out. Luckily he had kept all of his Valentine shipment of flowers in a refrigerated semi truck outside of the store so people were pulling up to the truck to purchase their Valentines flower and gifts and in return helping to support a local family and their business!

    It was a wonderful site to see!

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