Is Valentine’s Day Overrated?

It’s that time of the year where jewelers offer their special diamond deals, card company’s profits skyrocket and men and women’s pockets are barren. This time of the year is also known as Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong—we love chocolates and pretty, shiny things. But is Valentine’s Day meant for lovers or for suckers?

We did a little research, and Valentine’s day is darker than we could have ever imagined. Valentine’s Day became a holiday because a Roman Emperor named Claudius executed two men named Valentine on February 14. The Roman Catholic church honored the death of the men by calling it St. Valentine’s Day. The day became sweet once again when Shakespeare romanticized the holiday. Handmade paper cards became the token du jour in the Middle Ages. Eventually, the tradition made its way to the New World. The industrial revolution ushered in factory-made cards in the 19th century. And in 1913, Hallmark Cards of Kansas City, MO began mass producing valentines. February has not been the same since. So, Valentine’s day was revolutionized by the card making industry. If we fast forward to the present card companies are selling holiday cards $7 and the on top of that a $2 envelope purchase. Who knew paper folded over could be so expensive?

We’ve noticed in movies that Valentine’s Day is always perceived as the male buying the woman extravagant gifts. We think that is unrealistic. Girls are taught to expect expensive jewelry, chocolates and flowers, but do you really want to break your man’s bank account? We think Valentine’s Day has lost its value; it’s become completely commercialized. We’ve seen Valentine’s Day knick-knacks being sold in December. Isn’t that just a tad bit too soon?

Now you can share this Valentine’s Day tale with your significant other. Maybe it will get you out of the next Valentine’s Day, or gross them out. No one thinks of Valentine’s Day as bloody, but the truth has been revealed. Valentine’s Day is a hoax meant for company profit.

Sammi Williams

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