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Putting a value on Valentine's Day

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What’s the amount of chocolate and flowers purchased for Valentine’s Day in the United States? That would be 58 million pounds of chocolate and 23% of adults that purchase flowers or plants. This celebrated event dates back to Ancient Rome, as a fertility festival, and was known through the late 400’s, which was when Pope Gelasius declared February 14th as a day for honoring Saint Valentine. It wasn’t until the 1300’s that it became associated with the “love and romance” as we know it today. Europe began the exchange of Valentines in the 1600’s and in the 1840’s the first mass-produced Valentines were sold in the United States. Now, 62% of adults say they celebrate Valentine’s Day spending averages of $150 for men and $74 for women. Let’s view a few more values regarding Valentine’s Day.

· There are 150 million Valentine’s Day cards and gifts sent each year.

· The top flower picks are mixed flowers being number one, followed by red roses and other roses respectively, other flowers ranked fourth and plants bringing up the number 5 pick.

· There are only 3 holidays other than Valentine’s Day when Americans buy the bubbly. With 8.6 million dollars spent on sparkling wine for Valentine’s Day, that makes it the 4th occasion after New Year’s Eve, Christmas, and Thanksgiving. Incidentally, that is 174,000 gallons sold throughout the Valentine’s week.

· 36 million heart-shaped chocolate boxes are sold for Valentine’s Day.

· Out of 23% of adults who say they purchase flowers for this holiday, 39% are women and 61% are men.

· Sweethearts, mostly sold between January 1st and February 14th, produce 8 billion candies annually, which will stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona and back again 20 times.

· Yes, 448 million dollars are spent the week before Valentine’s Day on candy.

Want to live in or get a postmark from a city named Valentine? We have 9 United States to choose from including Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Texas. Other cities named for “Love” might be South Heart, ND, or Rose City, MI, or Romance, AR, and how about Loving, NM, or Loveland, OK, and the city of Love Valley, NC. We certainly don’t want to leave out our own Loves Park, IL.

Watch this video for more fun Valentine's Day trivia.

Love is in the air this time of year. If only everyday could be like Valentine’s Day.

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