Published on February 10th, 2012
Love is a powerful word. Millions of love stories have been told, some are waiting to be heard, and even more are waiting to happen.
Many of these stories revolve around Valentine’s Day, which is observed on Feb. 14.
Traditionally, it is a day that lovers express their deep affection to each other — most of the time it’s through simple gestures such as flowers or hand-written ‘Valentines’.
Since Valentine’s Day is known for being the most romantic day of the year, many people choose the day to take those big steps in their lives, such as proposing to their partner.
In general, it is a day for people to truly emphasize their love.
It certainly has come a long way and changed significantly since it was established officially by Pope Gelasius I in the year 496 A.D.
With the ever-expanding reach of the Internet, exchanging Valentines has turned electronic.
According to the U.S. Greeting Card Association, an estimated 10.5 million electronic Valentines were sent in 2010.
For some reason, thousands of coloured pixels sent over e-mail doesn’t seem as sincere as actual words to me.
Valentine’s Day has also quickly become a holiday on which people might feel forced to purchase gifts for their loved ones, because of the commercial component that has become so intertwined with the day.
Many stores have deals on chocolates and other sweets leading up to Valentine’s Day.
They also sell other things such as stuffed animals, bath and body creams and gels, and mass-produced greeting cards, all usually revolving around the colours red and pink.
Ads for limited-edition versions of popular candy and chocolates are seen during commercial breaks prior to Valentine’s Day.
Suddenly, just like birthdays, Mother’s and Father’s days, and many other holidays, Valentine’s has lost its meaning and become a commercial holiday.
People are anxious to see what their partner has purchased for them — who sometimes go to great lengths to make sure the gifts they are going to give are just as valuable as the ones they are receiving.
The point of Valentine’s Day is to take it as an opportunity to let someone know that you love him or her.
This can be done with a simple hand-written note or even just a few words from the heart to your special person.
It’s that easy to make someone happy and let them know they are loved.
Money doesn’t have to go into that, and stores don’t have to exploit you.
Words can be just as sincere as an expensive gift, and just as kind and caring — sometimes they can be even more powerful than any physical gift.
So this Valentine’s Day, let your special someone know that you care about them.
Spread the love — without having to break the bank.