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In France, drawings from the boxes gave young couples one year to get married or part company.

In England, it was a common practice for men to wear the name of the girl they drew from the chance boxes on their sleeve, enclosed within a heart.

The Greeting Card Association estimates that if we include children's classroom valentines, over one billion valentine cards will be opened this year. Valentine's Day is the second largest card-sending time of the year, accounting for 25% of all seasonal card sales (Christmas accounts for 60%).

It is estimated that women purchase 80 percent of all valentine's cards, which means that a large proportion of men either forget, or aren't very romantic when it comes to reciprocating!

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In 270 AD on the day before he was to be executed for refusing to renounce his Christian beliefs, he is said to have sent a note of appreciation to his jailer’s daughter for bringing him food and delivering messages while he was imprisoned, signed "from your Valentine.” While we can never be certain as to the true origin of the St.The greeting, was written in 1415, and is part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London. Valentine's Day became a popular celebration around the 1600's.It continued to take hold, with the familiar "roses are red, violets are blue…" verses making their debut sometime in the seventeenth century.One legend states Valentine was a priest in Rome during the third century.Emperor Claudius II decreed that marriage was to be outlawed for young men, as he thought that single men made better soldiers than those who were married with families.