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Opinion: Is Valentine’s Day a Commercial Holiday?

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Madison Reid, Staff Writer

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Valentine’s Day, a time to cherish loved ones, does not embody its original meaning anymore.  Now, it’s about gifts and material things rather than just spending time with significant others. 55% of Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day, with the average person spending $146.84 on the holiday. This year, Valentine’s Day spending is predicted to hit $19.7 billion.

That’s nothing compared to Christmas, but still very expensive. The true meaning of Valentine’s Day isn’t about material gifts and spending lots of money — it’s about being with one’s significant other and just enjoying their company. Many people agree with this perspective but think that Valentine’s Day still embodies all things love and not just gifts.

Sophomore Savannah Brown said, “No, I don’t think Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday. It’s a time to show affection to your significant other publicly in a socially acceptable way.”

Sophomore Bekah Sines agreed, saying “I think it’s more about the thought you put into the gift rather than the money you spent.”

Both of Brown and Sines make valid points, but the advertisement industry encourages excessive spending and many people feel pressured into spending tons of cash on cards and gifts.  People shouldn’t show their love by buying crazy amounts of gifts — this holiday is about caring and just spending quality time with loved ones. That should be enough.

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