Valentine’s Day: the loss of love

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Fun fact: while verbal valentines were given as long ago as the middle ages, the oldest known written valentines is a poem from 1415.

Taylor Thompson, Staff Writer

With Valentine’s Day approaching, the stores are filled with heart shaped paraphernalia and everything is red and pink. Couples everywhere are trying to get that perfect gift for their significant other; however, as they get older Valentine’s Day changes. What ever happened to Valentine’s Day from elementary school? One of the best days of the year, days before spent making boxes to receive the Valentines. Going to the store to find the Valentines with the coolest characters or the cutest animal. The whole school day was spent eating the received candy and hoping the person who you gave your best Valentine to, despite giving them to the whole class,

would notice. The fun of being a ten-year-old is long gone, but the celebration shouldn’t be.

Valentine’s Day should be fun again and should always be treated as such. It’s become another Hallmark holiday where people are forced by society to buy each other expensive gifts. Since the nineteenth century, people have been giving each other handwritten cards, however, many people today give premade cards and simply sign their names. This lacks personality and seems ingenuine. The romance of the day has seemed to fade away throughout the years. It seems to now be a day that people have to participate in rather than one they want to. It’s a holiday and should be treated as such. People should do something special instead of just going to dinner, they should do something they don’t usually do. Something to look forward to and be excited for; something that will make the day memorable. The romance of Valentine’s Day may have diminished; however, it’s still possible to regain that and make it a holiday that not just about the gifts, but the experience.