Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I cannot resist passing on a little loving today, for tomorrow school starts again, the second semester of the year. Surely, my love will be faded by April; spring break is really late this year.

Valentine's is called a Hallmark Holiday in the US. Hallmark is the largest greeting card company in the states, so they are accused of blowing the holiday way out of proportion for capital gains, not heartfelt emotions. That may be so, but it does make some people happy for at least one special day a year. Those who don't have a Valentine may feel quite the opposite. 

Yes, the happy holiday has steadily crept into the Hungarian commercial>consumer realm. Florists' windows look like the Vampire Diaries with all of the dripping red hearts and other decor.

And here I am, ready to be the Valentine to all of you dear readers, whether or not you have another special someone. I wanna be your Valentine too.

I found some interesting trivia about the holiday. 
1. After Christmas, it is the holiday that sells the most greeting cards.
2. There were 3 historic Valentine's of the Catholic persuasion, so it is uncertain which Val the holiday is named for. 
3. Teachers receive more Valentines than anyone else, including children.
4. More than 650 million Valentines are shared by children ages 6-10 every year.
5. More than 9 million pet owners buy a gift for their pet for Valentine's Day.
6. The city of Verona, Italy receives over 1,000 Valentines for Juliet and none are from Romeo.

Moving on to that lov'in feeling, I gathered a few Valentine's quotes to get you in the right romantic mood. 

A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years. Rupert Brooke

Brief is life but love is long. Alfred Lord Tennyson
Come live with me, and be my love,
And we will some new pleasures prove
Of golden sands, and crystal brooks,
With silken lines, and silver hooks. John Donne
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle
Love is the only gold. Alfred Lord Tennyson
All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Leo Tolstoy
All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt! Lucy Van Pelt in Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz.

Lucy had that right. Everything tastes better dipped in chocolate. 

Happy Valentine's Day to all!
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