Valentine’s Day by the Numbers

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(CNN) – February 14 has officially been designated as┬áthe feast day of St. Valentine since┬áthe year 496, but Valentine’s Day as we know it didn’t start to take shape until the late 1800s.

Take a look at some surprising facts and figures about the annual holiday for lovers (and chocolate lovers) everywhere.

Perhaps the most shocking? Americans are expected to shell out $18.2 billion for the holiday.

That includes $2 billion just on flowers and nearly as much on cards.

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?