Don't have an account? To participate in discussions consider signing up or signing in
facebook connect
Sign-up, its free! Close [x]

Benefits

  • okay Create lasting relationships with other like minded women.
  • okay Blogging, let your voice be heard!
  • okay Interact with other women through blogs,questions and groups.
  • okay Photo Album, upload your most recent vacation pictures.
  • okay Contests, Free weekly prize drawing.
  • okay Weekly Newsletter.


not unlike Hallowe‘en as it happens to be! Take note all you who celebrate V-day but celebrate “Harvest” instead of Hallowe‘en!!

Valentine's Day traces its origins to an annual Roman pagan celebration, (this is where the Hallow'en connection comes in) called Lupercalia, which was held every year on February 15. It remained popular well into the fifth century A.D. at least 150 years after Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.

SO, NOW SHOULD WE ASK ALL OUR SCHOOLS TO STOP CELEBRATING AND DISTRIBUTING CARDS AND CANDY FOR VALENTINES DAY????)  

The Roman Catholic Church, which disapproved of the celebration, linked  the festival to the legend of St. Valentine.

In the third century A.D., Roman Emperor Claudius II, seeking to bolster his army, forbade young men to marry. Valentine, according to the legend, defied the ban and performed marriages in secret. Valentine was executed in A.D. 270 on February 14.

The first Valentine’s Day card was sent in 1415 from France’s Duke of Orleans to his wife when he was a prisoner in the Tower of London following the Battle of Agincourt.

Valentine's Day cards  mostly handwritten notes, gained popularity in the U.S. during the Revolutionary War. Mass production started in the early 1900s Hallmark began selling the cards 1913.

Here are Valentine's Day [Link Removed] from National Geographic:

Amount spent  

    * The holiday this year is expected to generate $14.1 billion in retail sales in the United States. The number is down from last year’s $14.7 billion, because a number of consumers are choosing not to spend money on Valentine’s Day this year.

    * The average U.S. consumer is expected to spend $103 on Valentine’s Day gifts, meals, and entertainment, about 50 cents more per person than in 2009.

    * Spouses are spending less and plan to pay $63.34 on Valentine’s Day gifts for their significant other, down from last year’s $67.22 average.

    * Friends and co-workers will spend significantly more than they did last year, and more will be spent on pets.

Gifts  

    * Spending for practical gifts, such as winter clothing and accessories, is up, while only 35.6 percent of those celebrating will plan an evening out. That’s down from last year’s 47 percent.

    * U.S. men will spend nearly twice as much on the holiday as U.S. women. In 2010, the average man will spend $135.35 on Valentine’s Day gifts, while a typical woman will spend $72.28.

Cards  

    * As usual, greeting cards will be the most common Valentine’s Day gifts. Fifty-five percent of U.S. consumers plan to send at least one.

    * About 190 million cards are sent each year. That figure doesn’t include the hundreds of millions of cards school children exchange.

Candy  

    * About 47 percent of U.S. consumers will exchange Valentine’s Day candy, which will cost about $1 billion. About 75 percent of that billion is from sales of chocolate.  

Chocolate has been associated with romance at least since Mexico's 15th- and 16th-century Aztec Empire.

    * About eight billion little candy hearts were made last year, with sayings such as “Be Mine.”  

I hope your Valentine's Day is happy and successful. See the article "[Link Removed] for ideas on celebrating the big day.


Isagenixbeliever, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.




Member Comments

About this author View Blog » 
author