Valentine’s Day feels the love for a price

Leah Kiernozek, Chattanooga, Tenn. — You can’t put a price tag on happiness, or love for that matter. But when it comes to Valentine’s Day, our society tends to think otherwise. We’re all so in love with love!

Grocery stores and shopping centers are covered from floor to ceiling with heart-shaped streamers and pink and red balloons, and shelves are lined with oversized stuffed animals and boxes of sweets and chocolates.

According to a CNN article, the average estimated amount of money someone spends on Valentine’s Day is $130.97. People spend an average of $4.4 billion on diamonds, gold and silver.

There are more than 1,400 varieties of Hallmark cards to choose from and 145 million cards purchased.

The amount of money spent on solely on flowers and candy adds up to $3.5 billion.

All in all, $18.6 billion is the estimated amount of money spent on Valentine’s Day.  $18.6 billion- that’s A LOT of money.

Our society views Valentine’s Day as the day of the year to express our emotions for others through material goods. Girls look forward to being surprised with a dozen roses and a shiny new necklace, followed by a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant. Sometimes there’s a fluffy teddy bear and heart-decorated card involved as well.  All of these cute, wonderful gifts purchased to show someone how special they are.

But, if the meaning behind Valentine’s Day is to show someone how much they mean to you, wouldn’t it make more sense if people actually expressed their personal feelings and not what someone at Hallmark feels?

Why not write a personal heart-felt letter and decorate a card yourself?  Instead of going out to eat, why not make dinner together? If it’s the “thought that counts,” why not make it a genuine thought?

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