Is Valentine’s Day overrated?

By Ashleigh Coe

Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love. It is when couples give each other presents such as candy or stuffed animals. However, in the midst of all of the gift-giving, does Valentine’s Day tend to lose its real meaning?

Senior Camden Anderson is one of many who believe that Valentine’s Day is an overrated holiday.

“Personally, I think that you shouldn’t separate one day to say ‘I love you,’” Anderson stated.  “Affection and love should be reminded consistently.”

Anderson is single at the moment, which may or may not have influenced her opinion. However, there are also students at WLC that are in relationships that think similarly.

Junior Miranda Hopkins provided a blunt explanation of Valentine’s Day when she said, “It’s not a true from the heart ‘holiday.’ It’s just a day where you spend lots of money.”

Hopkins then went on to describe the point of Valentine’s Day in more depth.

“For me, Valentine’s Day is a day where I can just sit back and hang out with the guy that I love. I don’t need the gifts and all that. I only need him. So yes, Valentine’s Day is completely overrated, but at the same time, it generates happiness. So who am I to judge?”

Hopkins brought up an excellent point. Valentine’s Day generates happiness even through its seemingly pointless existence. So maybe the meaning of Valentine’s Day is whatever we make it to be.

Therefore, if you make Valentine’s Day to be all about the money then that’s what it will be. However, if you think that Valentine’s Day has more meaning, then it will have more meaning.

Valentine’s Day may seem like just a bunch of hype, but in the end, it only affects those who allow it to affect them. In other words, Valentine’s Day is really in the eye of the beholder.

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