It might surprise you to discover that while overall consumer spending is declining, Valentine’s Day-related spending was on the rise. Americans spent an estimated $17.6 billion on Valentine’s Day this year, coming in second in spending only to Christmas.

This year, those who celebrated spent on average $126 and men spent twice as much as women on the LOVE holiday. Americans gave Valentines to spouses, kids, parents, family, friends, classmates, teachers, coworkers and even pets. The most popular gifts purchased this year were greeting cards, candy and flowers, jewelry, clothes, and a night out.

We spent a lot of money on Valentine’s Day to tell someone that we LOVE THEM, BUT Jesus said we should show others our LOVE every day:

“Jesus said, ‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you. You should also love one another, and by this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another’” (John 13:34-35).

So, show some love today, make every day a Valentine’s Day.