Here we are again – Valentine’s Day. Every single person’s dream day. Wouldn’t you just love to take that chubby little cupid and his arrow and let Katniss give him a lesson? He sure seems to miss a lot of people along the way.
Some fun facts about Valentine’s Day to put it into perspective:
- Only six countries actually celebrate Valentine’s Day: the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Australia and the United Kingdom.
- Henry VIII declared Valentine’s Day an official holiday in 1537. Given his history with his wives, that does give one pause for thought.
- According to florists, the signature rose is one perfect red rose with baby’s breath.
- In Victorian times, it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card. (How did they know who sent it then?)
- St Valentine’s Day Massacre – no further comment needed.
- Alexander Graham Bell applied for the patent on the telephone on Valentine’s Day in 1876 . . . let the calls begin.
- 15% of women in the US will send themselves flowers on this day.
- One billion cards will be exchanged (second only to Christmas cards).
- 64% of men in the US do no advance planning for Valentine’s Day.
- 3% of pet owners will give their pet a Valentine’s Day gift.
- 110 million roses (mostly red) will be sold.
- Hallmark has 1,330 different cards for Valentine’s Day.
- Teachers get the most cards, followed by children, mothers, wives and sweethearts.
- The first television tour of the White House was on Valentine’s Day in 1962 by Jackie Kennedy.
- The home city of Romeo and Juliet receives about 1,000 letters a year addressed to Juliet.
Okay, so what do you do if you’re single? Anything you want!
Make it an “indulge yourself” event. Since this year Valentine’s Day is on Saturday, you can:
- Load up on your favorite movies and have your own movie marathon or rent a season of your favorite TV show. Put on comfy PJs and get that popcorn going.
- Schedule a spa day (for the whole day). How does a manicure/pedicure, facial and massage sound? Pretty darn good. You’ll be so relaxed you’ll float back home.
- Order takeout from your favorite restaurant. Or, dress to the nines and have dinner on the town.
- Buy your favorite ice cream and eat it straight from the carton.
- Have the entire box of candy.
- Buy yourself a gift you’re been wanting.
- Have friends in for a game night.
Whether you decide to venture out or stay in for Valentine’s Day, embrace the day and make it your own!