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# How many Valentine's Day cards are sent out each year?

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The Greeting Card Association calculates that 145 million Valentine's Day cards are sent out every year in the United States. This figure does not include classroom valentines.

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A total of \$18.6 billion is spent for Valentine's Day, of which \$1.6 billion is spent on candy, \$1.9 billion is spent on flowers, and \$4.4 billion is spent on diamonds, gold and silver. About 224 million roses are grown for Valentine's Day. Americans spend an average of \$130.97 per person on Valentine's Day.

The most popular seasonal cards are Christmas cards; every year, 1.6 billion Christmas cards are purchased in the United States, including boxed cards.

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A sample greeting to write in a Valentine's Day card could include the following: "Happy Valentine's Day to my soulmate and the love of my life. You bring me joy, peace and comfort every day." It is important to communicate the depth of one's feelings in a Valentine's Day card so that the person receiving the card can sense the full extent of the sender's passion.

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The exact origins of Valentine's Day are difficult to determine, but there are indications that the holiday may have roots in both Roman and Norman tradition dating back to ancient Roman history and about 300 C.E. Between February 13 and 15 in ancient Rome, a holiday known as Lupercalia was celebrated. This was a rather brutal and violent festival during which men would slaughter animals, consume them and then use the animals' hides to whip women as part of a fertility ritual. The festival also included a matchmaking process in which men and women would be paired up based on a random lottery.

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Good sayings for a Valentine's Day card express adoration for the recipient, such as, "You mean so much to me and I love our time together." Adding a quote about love is also appropriate, such as this unknown author's quote: "Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite."

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Roses are the Valentine's Day flower of choice for a variety of reasons, from the perceived symbolism of the flower to the widespread availability and the personal preference of the recipient. Hundreds of millions of roses are grown for Valentine's Day each year, meaning there is a large supply of the flowers available.