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Valentine’s Day is Overrated.

Evan Watson-Shannon, Reporter

The Valentine’s Day hype has been making me nauseous lately, which has led to my last minute and problematic shopping sprees being torturous. Not because the items are not sparking any interest, trust me they are (my bank account can attest to that), but almost every store is overly decorated with red paper, hearts, and dyed red chocolate covered pretzels.

First things first, February fourteenth is my birthday. I should not devote twenty four hours of my day to love or buying into the dramatic and extremely exaggerated, Valentine’s Day.

No, I am not salty because I do not have a date or someone to celebrate with, I never had to because that day, at least in my family, is about celebrating me.  Okay, well maybe I am a little salty. I do have a hot date though; including netflix, a bowl of popcorn, and my couch.

It is not to say my birthday is neglected, but it is hard to celebrate with my friends and family because they would much rather be out on a romantic date.

The history of this day dates back to when St. Valentine who was thought to be murdered, sent the first “valentine” to his jailer’s daughter whom he had fallen in love with. The “valentine” he sent was in fact, just a letter.

Last year, 2015, brought an approximate nineteen billion dollars from people’s love day craze. Thinking about how many presents I could of gotten on my birthday from nineteen billion dollars amazes me and actually really upsets me because in no way, shape, or form did I receive nineteen billion dollars.   

Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday. We are supposed to treat our loved ones with the utmost respect and attention everyday. Since that is the case, everyone should really set their attention elsewhere, like to me and my birthday.

Think about it, one day out of the whole year society advertises as the day of love and romance. Cherishing each other should be something we practice daily. That is why, I say, to forget Valentine’s Day and say Happy Birthday to moi.
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