Hating on the Hallmark Holiday

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Chanel Metzler, Staff Reporter

Hallmark holidays are just another way for stores to get money. Every time St. Valentine’s Day comes around, the single people just wish they could have someone to be with. It can be a great thing for couples, but love should be appreciated more than once a year.

The start of Valentine’s Day is something that not many people know about. Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular wars under the rule of Emperor Claudius II during the 3rd century. Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome, because he believed the reason men weren’t signing up for war was because of their wives and children at home. St. Valentine, along with St. Marius, aided Christians by secretly holding marriages for couples. Being caught, St. Valentine was beaten to death and had his head cut off, on the 14th day of February, around the year 270 A.D.

The first recorded association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer. The poem states: “For this was Saint Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.” Ever since then, girls have been fawning over their men to buy them teddy bears and chocolates.

Over the years the holiday has become more and more pointless. The holiday is not all bad though, it can be nice to have a whole day just about you and your partner. Aren’t people supposed to love the person that they are in the relationship with anyway? So what is the difference in having this day?

“I like Valentines Day when I have someone, but when I am single I don’t really like it,” Rachel Gennette ’12 said. This goes to show that this is a holiday that cannot truly be appreciated by everyone; people want a love in their life to like the holiday.

I’m not the only one who hates Valentine’s Day, “While I am not opposed to reflecting on love, come on, man. Do we need a calendar to tell us when to do it?  What about the lonely singles whose loneliness is only magnified by the absence of meaningless cards and gifts?” Mrs. Cassler, English teacher, said.

After surveying 15 random people, 6 said that they do hate Valentine’s Day, 5 said they like it and 4 said they didn’t care. This shows the mixed emotions that come with a Hallmark holiday.

Single ladies and gentlemen don’t feel bad that you have no one to celebrate this awful day with. Spend the day with your family or better yet get all of your friends together and go out and shop for stuff that you don’t need, and have fun doing it!

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