Editorial: Celebrating Valentine’s Day (or not)

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As we welcome another Valentine’s Day of “romantic” gestures, chocolates and roses, the Echo staff decided to take a moment to share our opinions on the upcoming holiday.

For many of us, Valentine’s Day is not a memorable holiday for one reason or another.

While the idea is nice, for those in a new relationship or single, the day can be incredibly awkward. With so many expectations surrounding the day, and they’re bound to never be met.

One staff member pointed out that while Valentine’s Day has been around since the Middle Ages when Geoffrey Chaucer wrote it into existence, it is still a holiday that exploits romanticism to make money by selling cards, flowers and jewelry inventory leftover from Christmas season.

For this reason, many staff members feel that the day strictly exists to satisfy corporate greed, an opinion many state does not make them bitter or cynical, just aware of the facts.

One stated that they feel any healthy relationship should seem like valentine’s on a regular basis and couples shouldn’t wait until valentine’s day to actually do nice things for each other.

For a couple of our staff members, they shared their love for the holiday.

For some, they feel like it is a great day, regardless of relationship status, to show love to other people, including yourself.

Each year, one staff member celebrates by buying them self a heart shaped pizza, or candy and gives cheesy cards to my friends. They also get dressed up and go on “dates” with their roommates to spread the love on the day.

Another loves the small things about the holiday like the hearts, chocolate and little gifts. They feel like people get so uptight about it instead of just enjoying it for what it is, they should just do the fun, dorky things to make it fun.

Overall, our staff has a love-hate relationship with Valentine’s Day and overall feel everyone should celebrate in a way that works for them by sharing love and happiness this Wednesday.

Haley Doss

Haley Doss

Opinion Editor

I am a senior studying communications with a minor in political science. I love learning new things, talking about politics and long walks around Target.

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