Give a fun Valentine’s Day card this year

Funny. That’s how I would do it.

And, a study confirms my thoughts on the age-old dilemma of Valentine’s Day cards. Serious… or… Funny?

Hurry up. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Hurry up. (Photo by Craig Allen)

A bit of history first:

February has long been known as the month of love.

The history of Saint Valentine and its patron saint, St. Valentine, is shrouded in mystery. But, the day we recognize today is known to contain…

Can you “bear” ly bear it? (Photo by Craig Allen)

Can you “bear” ly bear it? (Photo by Craig Allen)

…pieces of Christian and Roman tradition.

Oh yeah… I said “funny”. (Photo by Craig Allen

Oh yeah… I said “funny”. (Photo by Craig Allen

Giving flowers, chocolate and jewelry is part of this tradition.

Mmmmmmm….chocolate. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Mmmmmmm….chocolate. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Valentine’s Day greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages. Written valentines began to appear after 1400.

Besides the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in England, Canada, Australia, France and Mexico.

Love… in Spanish. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Love… in Spanish. (Photo by Craig Allen)

In America and England in the mid-1700s, it was common for friends and lovers to exchange small gifts and handwritten notes on Valentine’s Day.

Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass produced Valentine’s Day in America in the 1840s. Known as the “valentine’s mother“, his cards were elaborate. They were made of lace, ribbons and colorful images called “scrap”.

A card… with a “chain attached”. (Photo by Craig Allen)

A card… with a “chain attached”. (Photo by Craig Allen)

By 1900, printed maps had largely replaced handwritten notes, thanks to improvements in printing technology.

“Fur People” also sends love. (Photo by Craig Allen)

“Fur People” also sends love. (Photo by Craig Allen)

According to the latest figures I could find from the “Greeting Card Association”, 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent out each year (not counting “class valentines”, which I did not see during of my card hunting excursions this year)…

And, I can’t LIVE without coffee. I’m just saying (photo by Craig Allen)

And, I can’t LIVE without coffee. I’m just saying (photo by Craig Allen)

…making it the second biggest card sending day of the year (behind Christmas).

Go BIG, or go home? (Photo by Craig Allen)

Go BIG, or go home? (Photo by Craig Allen)

Women buy about 80% of all Valentine’s Day cards.

Or, get a BIG pizza. (Photo by Craig Allen)

Or, get a BIG pizza. (Photo by Craig Allen)

One study I found said (and I won’t bore you with all the minutia): if you’re not sure whether to give your sweetie a serious or fun Valentine’s Day card…

And, some fries, too. (Photo by Craig Allen)

And, some fries, too. (Photo by Craig Allen)

…you should give a “fun” Valentine’s Day card because it shows you’re “comfortable” in the relationship.

Serious or funny. Hummmmmmm……..

Really, it’s up to you.

Yeah. (Photo by Craig Allen).

Yeah. (Photo by Craig Allen).

And, if you haven’t received a Valentine’s Day card for your loved one… HURRY.

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