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Here is a love letter that Johnny Cash wrote to his wife, June Carter Cash.


Valentine’s Day Fun Facts:

1. Valentine’s Day started with the Romans. There are two theories about the origin of Valentine’s Day. The first is that the day derives from Lupercalia, a raucous Roman festival on February 15 where men stripped naked and spanked young maidens in hopes of upping their fertility. The second theory is that while the Roman Emperor Claudius II was trying to bolster his army, he forbade young men to marry (apparently single men make better soldiers). In the spirit of love, St. Valentine defied the ban and performed secret marriages. For his disobedience, Valentine was executed on February 14.

2. It’s not the most popular holiday for greeting cards. According to the Greeting Card Association, 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular greeting card–giving occasion, after Christmas.

3. Single ladies have a good shot at finding a date. There are 119 single men—never married, widowed or divorced—in their 20s for every 100 single women of the same age.

4. True love is apparently not that hard to find. Over two million marriages take place in the United States every year. That means there are more than 6,000 a day!

5. Husbands and boyfriends like to give bouquets. Men account for 73 percent of Valentine’s Day flower sales.

6. Roses are the flowers of love. The favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love? The red rose, of course. The bud stands for strong romantic feelings, so it’s no surprise they make up the most popular Valentine’s Day bouquets.

7. “Wearing your heart on your sleeve” is more than just a phrase. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear the name pinned to their sleeve for one week so that everyone would know their supposed true feelings.

8. Money can buy love. The average U.S. consumer spent around $102 on Valentine’s Day gifts, meals and entertainment in 2009, according to an annual U.S. National Retail Federation survey. Roughly 92 percent of married Americans with children will spend most of that money (about $67) on their spouse; the rest goes to Valentine’s Day gifts for kids, friends, coworkers and even pets.

9. Americans have a serious sweet tooth. According to the National Confectioners Association, about eight billion candy hearts were made in 2009.

10. The chocolate box has been around for more than 140 years. The first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates was introduced by Richard Cadbury in 1868.


Happy Valentine’s Day!!  XOXO

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  • Danielle

    Happy valentines day Jen! We are probably staying in only because my husband just got home from overseas and I just had oral surgery and can only eat soup… Then again this might the perfect reason to go out. Lol
    Have a love filled day!,,

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I hope he has a speedy recovery!! At least you have him home for Valentine’s Day:)

  • http://alsoranagain.com alsoranagain

    Wow, interesting facts! I guess I never really knew the history of the holiday (although I did know there’s a St. Valentine).

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I hope you have a lovely day!!

  • http://www.ksrunner.com Sarah @ KS Runner

    I prefer to stay in. It’s a more relaxing evening for me if we get to stay in, and EVERYONE is out for Valentines Day, if I’m going out to eat, I’d rather it be on not such a busy night! Happy Valentines Day!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m the exact same way! We go out all the time. Valentine’s Day makes me want to stay in:)