So since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, Just thought I’d have a little fun. I’ve noticed that there are at least four categories of people on Valentine’s Day. There may be more, but these are the ones I’ve noticed. I’ve added some fun facts, but the pictures basically summarizes the categories…
1. The Men Folks
- 73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
- Men buy the majority of the millions of boxes of candy and bouquets of flowers given on Valentine’s Day.
- On average, men spend $130 each on candy, cards, jewelry, flowers and dates.Women spend only about half that amount.
- More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold each year for Valentine’s Day.
- Enough candy hearts to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona 20 times and back again will be produced this year.
- “According to the Greeting Card Association, 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular greeting card–giving occasion, after Christmas.”
2. The Single Folks. Are you single? Awesome! There are so many pros…
- There are 119 single men (never married, widowed or divorced) in their 20’s for every 100 single women of the same age…Imagine that. (Of course the numbers change as the age increases and when you break it down by ethnicity.)
- Over two million marriages occur in the United States every year…that’s more than 6,000 a day!
3. The “Oh no he didn’t!” Folks These folks EXPECTS to be wined and dined and no excuses are acceptable… “Honey, you are right. Your hug, kiss and excuse was more romantic than roses, chocolate and a necklace, said no woman, Ever.”
4. The “Who Cares!” Folks Personally, I think I fall into this category. I could care less. I love being married to my hubs. We celebrate so many things in February and year round that whether or not he acknowledges Valentines Day doesn’t matter to me. ( Although I can’t remember the last time he didn’t do something special for Valentine’s Day)
- What category do you fall into?
- Do you have something special planned?
- How do you respond if he or she doesn’t remember it’s Valentines?
I have a lot of “favorites” throughout the year. When it comes to holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter tops the list. But February is one of my favorite months. For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard my parents refer to February as being short, sweet and spicy. I interpreted that as being short because it has the least amount of days; sweet because of all the candy treats and “niceness” going around for Valentines; and spicy for the romance associated with the “month of love”.
February is a very special time for our family. Our son’s birthday is February 2, mine is February 5. Less than 30 days later on March 1st is my daughter’s birthday and the next day on March 2 is my husband’s birthday. (Although technically, the March Birthdays are not in February, its within that 30 day time frame and you definitely have to do all the planning in February.)
And right in the middle of it all our birthdays is Valentines day.
Although we try to show our appreciation year round, the month of February gives us that extra special reminder that we are FAMILY through birth, through blood and through love.
There is no shortage of celebrating our family during the month of February. Much of the excitement of planning and celebrating birthdays have shifted from us parents to our children, but we still find time to quietly acknowledge and show gratitude for having each.
February is also special because it is the month that celebrates our African American history and heritage. From time to time, we try to teach our children about some of the achievements of “brown skinned” people in history. The first lesson came when my 5 year old daughter came home from school and asked what’s the big deal about having a brown skinned president. (She found it very hard to believe that he was the first black president in America. Ever.)
So during the month of February we make an extra effort to read children’s books about people like Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks, inventors like Elijah McCoy, athletes like Jesse Owens and brave women like Harriet Tubman.
It’s a short month but jam packed with celebrations of birth, love and heritage. Do you have a favorite month?