Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Few Sweet Facts about Valentine’s Day

Isn’t Red For Chinese New Year…?

Only the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Australia and the U.K. celebrate Valentine's Day.

Perhaps there is a relationship between English and the red-and-pink obsession? But then what are Mexico and France doing there?

For Those Who Wear Their Heart On Their Sleeve

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week.

Of course, now, wearing your heart on your sleeve means everyone knows just how you are feeling. Hope those feelings are good ones….

Who’s Your Valentine?

In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine's Day card.

So hopefully they had very recognizable handwriting!

But We Just Sent Out Christmas Cards!

About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year, making it the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, behind Christmas.

But if you don’t get one, don’t feel badly—if you’re not a teacher, your chances are considerably less….

I Love You Mrs.___!

Teachers will receive the most Valentine's Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and then, sweethearts.

Poor sweethearts! (And poor wannabe sweethearts who didn’t even get mentioned in this statistic!)

Who Needs a Man?

15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.

Hopefully this is because they felt they deserved a nice treat and not because they were desperate to appear loved….

Poor Planning

In the United States, 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for a romantic Valentine's Day with their sweethearts.

Lazy bums!


Jamie said...

Great post Allison - very timely. I am new to your blog but I'm finding it very enjoyable. You have a great way with words. Maybe you can check out mine - I'm new to my own blog too!

Colleen said...

Ha ha! As a teacher, I did get my valentines... even though a snow storm preceded the event. My kids brought them in when they came back! I wish they had done that with my Christmas gifts! (Pre-Christmas school was cancelled due to snow... 2 weeks later, they had forgotten about it!)