There will be approximately 190 million Valentine’s Day cards sent in the United States and that isn’t even counting the hundreds of millions of the little cards that will be exchanged in classrooms across the country.
History’s first valentine was written in a very unromantic place. Charles, Duke of Orleans, wrote a love poem to his second wife while in prison in the early 15th century. He was captured at the Battle of Agincourt and remained a prisoner there for more than 20 years.
The ever popular “Sweetheart” candies passed out each and every Valentine’s Day started out as lozenges. Messages were printed on the candy in 1866 and the candies became heart-shaped in 1901.
Billions of dollars will be spent this year as we try to let our significant other know just how much we love them. Among these gifts will be expensive jewelry, perfumes and furs for women with expensive jewelry, guns, collectibles or even an authentic 1966 Batmobile for a mere $200,000 being given to men. If you are in line for any of these expensive gifts, be sure to check your insurance to make certain you have enough coverage to protect these gifts.
Just a word of advice to the men out there … do NOT buy your wife or girlfriend a vacuum cleaner or any other type of home appliance for Valentine’s Day unless she specifically has asked for it. If you do, no matter how expensive the gift is, the day will not end well for you!!
There are many low-cost and no-cost gifts that will be easy on your budget. The most romantic is the single rose. The giving of a single red rose means “I still love you.” Another idea at the top of the list for being romantic is a poem or love letter written on some pretty paper. Candy or chocolate dipped strawberries will convey your love as well. Cooking a favorite dinner and serving the meal in candlelight with soft music is always a winner. Certificates for a back rub, doing laundry, dishes or any household chores will certainly be appreciated.
The world’s most famous romantics have written about love, time and beauty. One of my favorites … Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward in the same direction. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Happy Valentine’s Day!