Point-Counterpoint: Valentine’s Day
February 14, 2020
Few holidays divide quite like Valentine’s Day does. Both those in relationships and those without a special someone find reasons to enjoy February 14—and reasons to complain about it. Here are two takes on why this holiday is (and isn’t) worth the hype.
Pro: Valentine’s Day is worthy of celebration
Like it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Some may wonder what to get their sweetheart for the special day, while others hope that their crushes finally realize they exist. However the day may be spent, Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday worthy of celebration.
Days like these should be used as excuses to utilize a person’s own creativity. Whether that be crafting something physical, or creating a unique experience with the person you love. And, if creativity isn’t one’s strong suit, small businesses can benefit from the increased traffic during holidays like these. It’s a personal decision what cause a person’s money goes towards, and taking responsibility for that is nothing to be pushed aside.
In addition to this, many people may describe Valentine’s Day as a time for self-pity and eating way too many sweets. But, instead of viewing it as a bad thing, Valentine’s Day can be seen as a time for self-love. Taking time to appreciate those in your life, even if that is just yourself, is never a bad thing. And while it’d be ideal to celebrate the people you love everyday, it is all too common for life to get busy, and those around you to be pushed aside. Having a day dedicated to the act of normalizing the act of expressing love and attention to others can help a person make time for the people they love.
Some may have a sweetheart of their own to share the day with. But, they believe seeing others celebrate can create feelings of jealousy, and yearning for what they have. The issue with this is that no matter where a person is in life, there will always be something or someone they see and want. To say that Valentine’s Day should not be celebrated in order to prevent possible conflict is inherently selfish. It is the couple’s responsibility to relay their desires to their significant other, and those who have already accomplished this should not suffer due to other’s hesitation.
Some may argue that Valentine’s Day has become commercialized, and just another meaningless capitalist holiday. However, when looking at society as a whole, it seems that most every American holiday has become a way for big companies to make money. Does this mean that Valentine’s Day should be skipped, or those who celebrate it should be ridiculed?
At the end of the day, the whole point of holidays are to remind people to take time for what really matters in life. How a person chooses to spend any holiday is up to them. But, no matter where people stand on this day of love, it seems that for the moment it is here to stay.
Con: Valentine’s Day brings out the worst of love
February is known more for its hearts, cheap chocolate, and flowers that die the next day than romance. Valentine’s Day is cute, don’t get me wrong, and most people whether in relationships or not don’t want to feel left out gift-wise.
For some people in relationships, Valentine’s Day is the only day that they show affection, just so they don’t appear toxic to others. There are many problems additionally that this holiday holds, such as the pressure to buy a gift for a person’s significant other, the stigma around them and their contentment in their relationships if they don’t, and just simply how obnoxious it is to see increased levels of PDA in the hallway (if that’s even possible) covered up by inconveniently-sized teddy bears.
Valentine’s Day should be an excuse to spoil a person’s partner, not an excuse to treat them with the bare minimum that is usually expected in a relationship. No matter the situation, a gift is most likely appreciated. Whether it is a money issue or something bigger that a person is unable to show their love in materialistic ways, love and affection should be established daily. Couples do not even have to spend any money on their significant other on Valentine’s Day. Making something is much more sentimental and from the heart anyway, and the person on the receiving end would probably cherish it more than something store-bought.
There is a stigma that people in relationships have to go all out on the holiday, and although this is true for some couples who can do so, it doesn’t necessarily need to be the case. If they do not like the holiday or don’t do a lot to celebrate it, or even nothing to celebrate it, they are unhappy or unhealthy and should just break up. Some couples do not see the significance of the holiday, because they are actually very healthy and happy and love each other every day. It doesn’t mean they wouldn’t celebrate it no matter what, but they recognize that they do not have to.
There is no written rule they are required to spoil their partner on this day. Perhaps they choose to do it another day. Valentine’s Day is a bit of a sham because time is not real and should not dictate whether or not or how much love to show a person’s significant other. Not liking or celebrating the holiday doesn’t mean the couple is no longer in love, but rather they don’t feel the need to express their love to each other by spending money.
Couples should not feel pressured to celebrate Valentine’s Day simply because of stereotypes. Whether they do or do not is no one’s business but their own. Valentine’s Day is overrated and is easily taken advantage of, and also causes an argument between some couples if they do not get the other anything because of those stereotypes that they should or have to. Single or taken, Valentine’s Day is something that should be personal to people, not something to make a huge, public deal out of.