Valentine’s Day: A Hallmark Holiday

Fayth Springer, Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day is the day of love and a day of opportunity, but should this overly commercialized “holiday” be actually considered a holiday? It used to just be a day to show someone how special they are and how much they mean to you. Now, it’s all about the gifts and how much money you spend. Why should one day or one gift show how much someone means to you? I feel Valentine’s Day is an overrated holiday because I don’t believe that one day can determine how much you care for a person. If Valentine’s Day had a better approach than it does today, then it would be a much better holiday.

Let’s start of by talking about the gifts; you know the chocolates, the flowers, and all of the “bling”. I don’t get how gifts could make Valentine’s Day better. It is not the right way to show affection, because all of those items are just materialistic. It makes me wonder if the phrase “I love you” even means anything to people these days. Gifts only provide temporary happiness and they do not represent true love. The thought of a gift is definitely worth something, and should be appreciated. However, there should be more thought put into some of the gifts people give each other.

I believe Valentine’s Day is more of a commercial holiday than it is actually about love. This is proven through the commercials that companies show on TV when Valentine’s Day is approaching. These commercials present new merchandise to sell to the consumers. A study done by professors, Angeline Close and Greg Zinkhan, at the University of Georgia in 2008 shows that the holiday’s materialism has gone way too far.

Ultimately, Valentine’s Day is just an overrated holiday that lures people into buying material items. I feel that it is not based off of true love.