One legend has it that Valentine’s Day originated to commemorate the anniversary of the death of St. Valentine, a Roman clergyman who was executed on Feb. 14, about 270 A.D., for secretly marrying couples in defiance of the emperor. Americans probably began exchanging handmade valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther Howland, a native of Massachusetts, began to sell the nation’s first mass-produced valentine cards.
Top Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day:
Cards – 65% Date Night – 42%
Candy – 38% Flowers – 32%
Toys – 21% Perfume – 12%
Jewelry – 11% Other gift: 17%
Some fun facts about Valentine’s day:
74% of Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day.
14% of American women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s day.
180 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent every year.
4% of pet owners give their pets a Valentine gift.
Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children,
mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts.
The city of Verona in Italy, where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet lived, receives
about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every year.
Interesting American city names:
Valentine, Texas and Nebraska
Love Valley, North Carolina
Loving, New Mexico