Valentine’s Day Fun Facts & History

Did you know that nearly 150 million cards are exchanged each Valentine’s Day?  Or that more than 40,000 Americans are employed at chocolate companies?  Read about these and dozens more Valentine’s Day facts about cards, chocolate, flowers and candy, the hallmarks of St. Valentine’s Day.

Looking for Love

141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second-most popular greeting-card-giving occasion. (This total excludes packaged kids valentines for classroom exchanges.) (Source: Hallmark research)

Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the observance, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight. (Source: Hallmark research)

Research reveals that more than half of the U.S. population celebrates Valentine’s Day by purchasing a greeting card. (Source: Hallmark research)

There are 119 single men (i.e., never married, widowed or divorced) who are in their 20s for every 100 single women of the same ages. Corresponding numbers for the following race and ethnic groups are:

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What has been your most memorable Valentine’s Day experience?

What has been your most…well, not so fun Valentine’s Day experience?

I remember one year…single, no date, nothing to do, feeling sorry for myself…and uncharacteristically, I decided to head over to Fashion Island Shopping Mall.  Well – I found myself at Bloomingdale’s, enjoying a HUGE sale, with hardly anyone around – I pretty much had the store to myself.  I had a BALL and my potentially worst Valentine’s Day experience turned into one I remember with a smile on my face!  🙂

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Valentine’s Day History

Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.  But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from?  Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.

The Legend of St. Valentine

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine postcard, circa 1900–1910

Valentine Card - Circa 1900 - 1910

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