The mention of Valentine’s day makes you do one of two things. If you’re the mushy type, the thought of a day dedicated to love, filled with cheesy (but awesome) romance, heart-shaped chocolate, ruby-red roses, and candle lit bubble baths has you swooning. If you’re on the other side of the spectrum, you’ve probably expressed your disinterest in the “holiday” on numerous occasions to friends, family, and co-workers, using the age-old argument that the day is only of benefit to corporations. I know I’ve expressed this sentiment before. Personally, I believe that love should be celebrated and expressed every-single day of the year, and doing something thoughtful for your partner means a lot more on any other day than Valentines. I do, however, love the heart shaped, red and pink colored everything, found everywhere. Want to know what else is awesome? Half priced chocolate on February 15th.
Clearly, I’m still inspired by this day of love, because I’ve dedicated a blog post to it! Today, we’re celebrating all cute heart shaped things, and all the warm fuzzies that love makes you feel. Seriously, love is an incredible sentiment, and it can make you do crazy and wonderful things! And you don’t have to be in a relationship to celebrate this day of love. I like to think of it as a day to show all those in your life who bring you love and happiness how much you appreciate them, because relationships are to be cherished!
Furthering the love day inspiration, here’s some fun facts about love and Valentine’s Day to share with your loved ones.
- Is it said that Saint Valentine defied Emperor Claudius II’s outlawing of marriage for young men, due to the belief that single men made better soldiers. Valentine was executed for his way of thinking.
- Valentine’s day is celebrated in Canada, the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia
- There are approximately 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards sent each year. That makes Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holidays (after Christmas, of course).
- Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are the biggest holidays for flower purchases.
- There are approximately 2 million marriages in the United States every year.
- Men account for 73% of all Valentine’s Day sales.
- Valentine’s Day was declared an official holiday, taking place yearly on February 14th, in 1537 by England’s King Henry VII.
- 3% of pet owners buy their furry friends Valentine’s presents.
- Men spend an average of $ 175.61 yearly on Valentine’s Day gifts while women spend an average of $ 88.78.
Enjoy your loved-filled weekend!