Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. An estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.)
Interested in the backstory of the holiday? The History Channel website has a couple of great articles on The Legend of St. Valentine, History’s Romantics, Great Romances, and yes…even the St. Valentine Day Massacre for those, like me who find the Prohibition Era fascinating (Got to love The Untouchables right…Costner, Connery, DeNiro, Garcia…LOVE IT!)
IMDB has a list of movies to celebrate the holiday, The Hallmark Channel has Be My Valentine and Hallmark Movie Channel is playing a selection of Love movies this week. I admit, I paid to see the movie Valentine’s Day in the theater…I was hoping for a Valentine Day version of Love Actually (fantastic flick set at Christmas…you just have to see Hugh Grant dancing his way around 10 Downing Street!) and was sadly disappointed…but I have to admit there have been times in my life that I truly identified with Jessica Biel’s character and her disdain for the holiday!
Who’s your valentine? Who are your favorite past valentines? Do you love the holiday…or hate it? I would love to hear from you!