As you may suspect, it was a Frenchman who was recorded as sending the very first Valentine’s note to his sweetheart from his prison cell in the Tower of London. The poem he wrote was to his beloved wife, where he refers to her as “my very sweet Valentine”. French… so romantic 😍
In 1847 this English tradition was introduced to the American public, and that is when the magic really started! Today in the US alone, people send approximately 190 million Valentine’s cards a year, while worldwide the number is close to 1 billion! The commercial aspect is also increasing every year - today in the UK, people spend around £1.3 billion on not only Valentine's cards but also chocolates, flowers or even jewellery for their very own special Valentine.
But it’s not only people who receive Valentine's gifts. Based on retail statistics 3% of pet owners will also give a gift to their lovely fur babies!
If you are single with no pet to celebrate Valentine's day with, just like me, don’t despair, you can get yourself a bottle of prosecco and celebrate Singles Awareness Day instead! Plus, on the 15th there will be lots of promotions on chocolate boxes 😉 Or you can simply go to Finland for the day where Valentine’s Day is celebrated as the “Friend Day”, aww.
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