By Kate Gibson
It’s that time of year again. It’s the day when couples get dressed up, go to a fancy dinner, and try to top the gifts from the year before. It’s Valentine’s Day.
Like every holiday, over time the true meaning of the holiday has become skewed for several reasons. But while men are scrambling for roses and that last box of chocolates, has anyone stopped to think what Valentines Day is actually about?
It’s not about the fancy dinners and beautiful flowers. It isn’t even about the mushy Hallmark cards. It’s about being thankful for the one’s you love. Sure, that sounds a lot like Thanksgiving, but no one sits at the dinner table in November and says they are thankful for being in love. Maybe we do need a holiday that celebrates love in all forms. Whether it be romantic, friendship, or family, there is always someone you can celebrate. And just like every holiday, it isn’t about the gifts, but the time you spend with each other.
So when you make those dinner reservations and pick out those gifts, remember that it isn’t because there is an unspoken obligation to do it because of the date. You’re doing it because you want to show how much you love the people in your life. So get out there and spread the love, not the commercialized crap.