Happy Valentine's Day! We're both having Valentine's dinner at home, and Josh even said he's going to try to make dessert. Hopefully he won't burn the house down.
Valentine's Day doesn't seem to be that popular anymore. After all the hype, only 60% of Americans plan on celebrating. For comparison, 93% celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. 88% celebrate July 4th, and 83% celebrate Mother's Day. Of the holidays we spend money on, only St. Patrick's Day has lower participation than Valentine's Day, at 54%.
For The List this week, we asked for the three gifts you want for Valentine's Day. Anna said she wants Rob Lowe, a back massage, and Vanilla Coke. She also said she'd like Rob Lowe to give her a back massage while serving her Vanilla Coke. Josh went a bit more traditional, asking for some candy hearts, to be able to sleep in on Saturday until 9:00, and dinner at home with his wife. The responses we got ranged from traditional to off the wall: NHL Center Ice, for us to play Katy Perry's “Firework,” roses, candy, dinner with your valentine, and to gas for your car.
We played Liar, Liar, and Lorrain Lopez of Joliet was able to get 3 out of 4 correct to win a $20 gift certificate to Choo Choo Johnny's!
According to a flower expert in Pennsylvania, if you really want to buy romantic flowers for Valentine's Day, go with tuplis, not roses. He says tulips are a better symbol of love than roses, no matter what color you go with. If you do buy roses though, only go for red. All of the other colors have hidden meanings you might not want. For instance, yellow roses actually mean "let's just be friends," and peach roses mean "someone died."
We announced the winner of Bling My Valentine: Jerry Bauer of Plainfield! He won $600 worth of jewelry from Matthew Erickson Jewelers, two relaxing massages from The Spa at the Women's Center in New Lenox, and a dozen roses sent to his valentine!
A new survey by the National Retail Federation reveals that the average person will spend about $130. That's up from $126 in 2012. Guys will spend an average of $176 on jewelry, flowers and a romantic evening out, while women will spend about $89. According to CreditDonkey.com, 49% of people want to receive dinner, while 30% want chocolates and 20% want flowers, 20% want electronics, and 15% want gift cards.
Tomorrow, we'll finish the week letting you choose the game you play with You Pick It at 7:05! We'll have a $20 gift certificate to Choo Choo Johnny's for our winner! We'll also laugh at the dumbest questions people have asked in job interviews, and why some people think Hide-and-Seek is bad for kids!
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