Valentine’s Day. What comes to mind when you think about Valentine’s Day? Love? Maybe. Family, friends? Maybe. You might have forgot about it until now and are about to rush to the store to buy your significant other something. Maybe you’re single this year and Valentine’s Day just brings up memories you were trying your best to forget. You see, Valentine’s Day can be a very polarizing holiday. If it can even be called a holiday. You have your happy couples and then all of the lonely single people reminded of their loneliness everywhere they go that day. Sometimes it’s better to just stay home and try to avoid it all. Valentine’s Day used to feel like a holiday. I remember it had the same magic of other holidays such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. A day of happiness, a day of celebration, where the daily reminders of the brutal winter were forgotten for at least a few hours. Remember when we were young and every kid at school would have cards to pass out to all of their friends? Everyone was included and Valentine’s Day would be about what it was supposed to be about from the beginning, love. Not just love for a significant other, but love for friends, love for family, love for your neighbour, love for strangers. A celebration of love in general. Corporations looking for an easy money grab have done their best to belittle our celebration of love. It has turned into a day about spending money. About one-upping each other. Who has the better gift? Is this good enough? In fact, In the United States, the average Valentine’s spending has increased every year, from $108 a person in 2010 to $131 in 2013. In other countries, Valentine’s Day includes everyone. In Guatemala for example, February 14th is known as Affection Day and people perform acts of appreciation for their friends. In Finland and Estonia, Valentine’s Day is known as “Friend’s Day” and is more about remembering friends and not significant others. I say we bring back the magic of yesterday and this coming Sunday, remember that Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. Do something kind for your neighbour. Tell your friends you appreciate them and give your dog that last piece of bacon sitting on the plate.
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