It’s that time of year; Valentine’s Day. That magical holiday where thousands of dollars are spent on flowers, chocolates, cards and our favorite, JEWELRY! Like its predecessor, Christmas, Valentine’s Day can also be a bit stressful and extremely expensive. So how did we come to celebrate this holiday of love?
History says it all started with a saint called Valentine. The internet is full of stories about how this particular saint became known as the patron saint of lovers, it involves persecution and executions so for this post we are going to leave it at that and turn our attention to the more frivolous facts about Valentine’s Day. Besides, for all of the stories stemming from the religious realm and St. Valentine, there are also many stories expounding on the mythical adventures of Cupid, god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. And for sure, this post isn’t going there!
Did You Know?
Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas. *
More than 40,000 Americans are employed at chocolate companies. *
In addition to the U.S., Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, Italy and Japan. *
It’s not a stretch to say everyone from young children to young at heart is someone’s special valentine. As this season of love is all around us, take the time to let that special someone(s) know how much they mean to you. After all, love is in the air!
*Courtesy of History.com