Remembering what Valentine’s Day is really about

Chocolates, flowers and hearts is what most think of Valentine’s Day. However, that is not what Valentine’s Day is actually about. Valentine’s Day is a day that celebrates love, not how much money you can spend on cavity-giving sweets. As much I love chocolate, that is not the type of love that Valentine’s Day is meant to celebrate.

Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the people you love. Whether you give them a traditional box of chocolates, make them a personal card, or do something completely different, it is about the meaning behind the gift. Valentine’s Day can even be celebrated without gifts, because it doesn’t matter how you do it. If you spend millions of dollars or no money at all, the meaning of the day doesn’t change. Valentine’s Day is simply about letting someone know that they are special to you. 

The problem with today’s society is that we have lost sight of the true meaning of Valentine’s Day. We have started to make it about how much money you can spend on your loved ones instead of focusing on the meaning behind the gift. Commercials can be seen playing all through the month advertising costly and impersonal gifts that you can send to those you care about. What people don’t seem to realize is that a much less expensive gift can mean more than a gift of any expense if there is a special meaning behind the gift.

I think that COVID-19 has made the majority of people realize that they have been taking their loved ones for granted. We have to remember to savor every moment that we have with our loved ones. After all, we never know exactly how long we will have with them. That’s why Valentine’s Day is our loved ones and not the sweets. We have to enjoy every moment that we have with the people that we love.