Where does our obsession with Valentine’s Day come from?

Where does our obsession with Valentine’s Day come from?

February 2014

For most of us, one of the first things that come to mind when entering the month of February is Valentine’s Day.  Perhaps it is simply because we are surrounded by stores that are selling endless amounts of heart shaped chocolate wrapped in shiny red paper.  Or perhaps it is because we are eager to spend a whole day celebrating the love we share for that special someone.  Let’s face it; we just can’t help ourselves from wanting to feel acknowledged by the ones we love.

paper hearts

We might not realize it, but Valentine’s Day, like most holidays, has been extremely commercialized.  Because of this commercialization, a lot of us might be feeling the need to celebrate this holiday even though we might not genuinely care to.  Some may feel that on this day we should be celebrating love, and not feeling obligated to spend money on extravagant gifts to express that love.  Instead of participating in Valentine’s Day by buying a gift because we feel obligated to, why not find alternative ways to celebrate?  For example, making homemade gifts for the ones we love, writing a poem, or even finding the courage to freely express a love that we have hidden? 

            Whether we like to admit it or not, we all feel the need for attention sometimes.    It is easy to get wrapped up in ourselves and to forget, from time to time, to remind our partners of how much we really appreciate them.  Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year when we can fully count on receiving not only attention from the one who loves us, but it is also the day that the love that we have given is surely to be acknowledged.  Even though love should be expressed and celebrated every day of the year, this glamourized holiday gives us certainty that it will be.  For a lot of us, this is where the excitement of this day is coming from. 

Valentine day chocolate (1)

             We are consumed with this holiday because we are surrounded by promotional marketing in every store we enter.  We are obsessed with it because we all love to be acknowledged and to be reminded that we are loved.  On Valentine’s Day it is important to remember the true meaning of this holiday; love.  Openly express the love you have for your partner, for your kids, your best friend, or your parents.  After all, we aren’t only obsessed with Valentine’s Day, we are obsessed with love.