In America, we’ve just celebrated Valentine’s Day, a day that encapsulates the above quotation in its entirety: A holiday of love. A holiday of giving.
Below are some Valentine’s Day statistics from WEAU 13 NEWS, a TV station in Wisconsin, posted online on February 12, 2016.
"More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine's Day each year.
"On average, men shell out $130 each on candy, cards, jewelry, flowers and dates. That’s more than double what women commit to spending.
"About 8 billion candy hearts will be produced this year; that’s enough candy to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona 20 times and back again.
"About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
"Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.
"Women purchase 85% of all valentines.
"In order of popularity, Valentine's Day cards are given to teachers, children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
"73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27% are women.
"The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare's lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine's Day.
"(These fun facts are brought to you courtesy of www.stvalentinesday.org.)"
I hope your valentine gave a token of love to you. Did you also give to your valentine? I can’t leave this topic without a reminder to us of the words of Jesus in Acts 20:35: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
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