Happy St Valentine’s Day! Like anything to do with love, it is a holiday with many dimensions and many legends: Link
Here’s Shakespeare’s take where Valentine’s Day is mentioned ruefully by Ophelia in Hamlet (1600–1601):
To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn’d his clothes,
And dupp’d the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5
The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 190 million valentines are sent each year in the US. Half of those valentines are given to family members other than husband or wife, usually to children.
When the valentine-exchange cards made in school activities are included the figure goes up to 1 billion, and teachers become the people receiving the most valentines. The average valentine’s spending has increased every year in the U.S, from $108 a person in 2010 to $131 in 2013 … and considerably higher in the Conn Household
For us, it’s a great time to catch up on When Harry Met Sally, which is our favorite chick flick of all time.ook
In the best spirit of St Valentine’s Day, here’s a link to the 50 Best Rom-Coms of all time, according to Good Housekeeping: Link