*The most popular theory about Valentine’s Day’s origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. While in jail he wrote a note to the jailer’s daughter signing it “from your Valentine.”
*In Victorian times, it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
*About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year.
*Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts, and pets.
*In 1537, England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine’s Day.
*Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for this holiday in the late 1800s.
*More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold each year.
*Based on retail statistics, about 3% of pet owners will give gifts to their pets on this day.