Really – could there be a better holiday for the InspyRomance crowd than Valentine’s Day? It’s a holiday just for us because we love love. and everything that goes with it. I believe we love a good romance story because we’re players in the greatest love story ever told. Jesus is the Bridegroom; we’re His beloved Bride. Think of it – we’re the heroine in a love story that will never end. Wow! No wonder we love Love!
Speaking of love, here are some of the most famous lovers in history and literature. (How many do you recognize? Go here for details on their love stories.)
(So far so good? They get tougher now…)
Orpheus and Eurydice
Paolo and Francesca
Eloise and Abelard
Salim and Anarkali
Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy :)
And on a sillier note, here is a little Valentine’s Day trivia…
When a woman buys flowers on Valentine’s Day, she is most likely buying them first for herself (27%), then for her mother (23%), and then for her significant other (18%).
While we all would probably guess that roses are the #1 flower given for Valentine’s Day, mixed flowers are actually #1, followed by red roses, other roses., other flowers (think tulips, orchids), and then plants.
Valentine’s Day accounts for $8.6 million is spent on sparkling wine, coming in behind New Years Eve, Christmas, and Thanksgiving. That’s 174,000 gallons sold throughout the week prior.
On average, men spend $150 on their valentine while women spend $74.
$448 is spent on candy the week prior to Valentine’s Day, 58 million pounds of chocolate are purchased, and 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate exchange hands. We love our sweets, don’t we?
(more fun facts can be found on History.com)
So buy some flowers for an elderly neighbor. Take selfies with those dearest to you, give them a copy, and post the photos at home, at work, in the car as a reminder that YOU are loved. Do what my husband did – draw a huge heart and write Be Mine on a bathroom mirror with soap. :)
Thank you for being part of the InspyRomance family. We LOVE our readers!
Valentine’s Day Bonus! In case you’re wondering, check out this video on how chocolate is made.