Valentine’s Day is defined as many things such as a Hallmark holiday, consumer holiday or cooperate holiday.

What many people do not realize is that Valentine’s Day stems from the ancient Romans. Saint Valentine was a priest in the third century Roman Empire.

After Claudius II made a law stating men who were unmarried made better soldiers, Saint Valentine married soldiers in secret for years until Claudius II sentenced him to death.

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and commemoration for Saint Valentine originating from the third century, yet today the holiday has been taken over by consumer goods and Hallmark cards.

Valentine’s Day now consists of romantic dinners, cards and expensive gifts.

The views of the holiday are now skewed into material objects when the true meaning of Valentine’s Day is to celebrate the love you have for your significant other.

I believe Valentine’s Day is a wonderful holiday that is full of joy, love and happiness.

The people that oppose Valentine’s Day are thinking about the holiday for all the wrong reasons.

Though materialistic objects overshadow the real meaning of this day, the root is a celebration of love. An emotion so strong, that it should be celebrated.

This Valentine’s Day I encourage you to celebrate it for the right reasons. Instead of going out to an expensive dinner, stay in and cook, watch a romantic movie and simply be thankful for the love you share with your significant other.

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