Valentine's Day and All of it's Hype
Valentine's Day is next week and I've been thinking a lot about it lately. Mainly about the hype about it. Like, why do people put so much stock in this one day?
I decided to do some research.
Apparently, the day (February 14th) originated as a religious celebration for one (potentially more) Christian saints named Valentinus. That was interesting, but I was more interested in why it's such a commercialized holiday now.
"The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards."
Interesting. So back in the 19th century, I suppose that lovers gave gifts on Valentine's Day, but it wasn't so... artificial. It was more genuine than it seems now.
The one thing I never understood though is, why do we only celebrate how much we love each other one day a year? I don't know about anyone else, but being fourteen and never having a boyfriend, I usually (at least most years) give family and friends Valentine's. Valentine's Day, to me, has always been a way to show people how much you love them, and to celebrate the fact that you do love them. So why do we only celebrate one day a year? Why do we only show our love one day a year?
This has just been on my mind lately. Why can't we show love the other 364 days of the year. Why just Valentine's Day? Honestly, Valentine's Day isn't even as special anymore. It's just a marketing ploy for card, chocolate, and flower businesses. Sure, it's nice to have a day to celebrate the one you love, but it just feels like we narrow showing love in extravagant ways to that one 24 hour period. It's like, when it hits midnight, it's all over. The hearts, cupid pictures, and doves come down, the flowers wilt. Is the love truly still there though? Is it?
I don't just mean the extravagant ways we show love. I mean, why does a husband have to buy a dozen roses for his wife only on Valentine's Day? Why not on a random week day?
Love should be an every day affair. You should show the ones you love that you love them, every. Single. Day. Because if they don't know today, what happens if tomorrow never comes?
So this year, let's not limit ourselves to showing our love for each other only on February 14th. How about January 1st and December 31st and every single day in between?