Thursday, February 4, 2016

Valentine’s Day Amazing Facts

• Valentine’s Day is the second largest card sending holiday. Christmas is the biggest one.

• Who gets the most cards? In this order, teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets receive most of the cards.

• According to the Greeting Card Association, approximately one billion cards are exchanged on Valentine’s Day.

• Children, between the ages of 6-10 years of age, exchange more than 650 million cards.

 Valentine’s Day isn’t always filled with hearts and flowers. Humorous or caustic Valentine’s Day cards were created by John McLaughlin of New York in 1858. These are known as “vinegar valentines.” At one point in the 1800s, the Chicago U.S. Post Office refused to deliver 25,000 Valentine’s Day cards. The staff thought the messages were too nasty.

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 A kiss on Valentine’s Day is supposed to bring good luck all year. May you receive lots of kisses and luck on February 14.

You and the children in your life might enjoy two Valentine stories available through our website, your local bookstore, or at Amazon. We promise that there is no vinegar in either of these Valentine stories!

Bee My Valentine by Miriam Cohen How can the first-graders make George feel better when he receives very few Valentine’s Day cards?

A Sweetheart for Valentine by Lorna Balian Share this book from your childhood! A humorous tale of a town trying to find a sweetheart for their giant friend.

—Jacquelyn Miller

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