Valentine’s Day: An overpriced let down

The holiday should be about love only

~Barrett Goode, Staff Writer~

February. Yes, it is that forgotten month of the year that seems to be only a week long. The trees don’t know whether or not to bloom yet because a rodent popping out of the ground says no and the weather is constantly shifting despite our wishes. 

I, if you couldn’t tell from my blatant tone, don’t like February. That is an all-together different reason though.  

February is often associated with  love and the all too dreaded Valentine’s Day. So many people out there despise this holiday, but why do we care so much about it?

There are many Valentine’s Day origin stories and ranging from Greek gods to priests, there is no shortage of myths. 

A popular origin story among historians is that of St. Valentine of Ancient Rome. Around the year 290 A.D., Roman Emperor Claudius II had an epiphany. He believed that young men who were not married would make better soldiers for Rome’s army. As a result, he outlawed marriages for any young adult male. This outraged many people, but no one dared break it, and the Roman public was full young couples who couldn’t be married as a result. 

St. Valentine, a popular priest, defied the republic and started to perform secret marriage sacraments for said couples.He believed that the spirit of love was too strong to be oppressed by the Roman Republic. After marrying many couples in secret, good old Claudius the Cruel found out, captured Valentine, and had him beheaded in the Roman Forum. His spirit became a martyr of love and thus Valentine’s day was born. 

As to Cupid and how he came into the mix with firing arrows in a diaper, I have no clue, but that is where most historians believe Valentine’s day originated.

Now how did we get from beheading a Roman priest to overpaying for chocolates, roses, and fancy meals that we can get at any other time through the year? Why is it so important that we spend enormous amounts of money on flowers that will die in a week’s time? Why must I get my significant other a flashy gift that will just be set with all the other holiday gifts? You know why? It is because of the media. It is because of the standards that Hallmark sets with their overpriced cards and movies. It is because today it is the social norm to overpay on everything on the night of Feb. 14. 

On Valentine’s Day, we are expected to go out of our way for our partners, on a day that literally exists because it is there on our calendar. 

“We buy those things to show our love and devotion for our partner!” I hear you say. My counter to that is, if you really love your partner, then you wouldn’t have to buy the accessories to prove it. Your love would be strong enough without it. Valentine’s Day is overpriced, and I find only one benefit from it: discounted chocolate on Feb. 15.  

The premise that you should overpay for meals and candy on Valentine’s Day is appalling. Love between two people doesn’t need fancy gifts or exotic flowers. 

St. Valentine risked his life for love. No gifts, no payments, just for the sheer fact of bring two people together forever. 

Valentine’s Day doesn’t need all the bells and whistles and gifts of other holidays. All you need for a great Valentine’s Day is just being there for the people you love and making sure they know it.  

That could just be the inner-broke college student who’s bank account decreases every time I need a textbook, but that’s just my opinion anyway.

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