Valentine’s Day

By Allison Miller

Yet again, the most-awaited and dreaded time of the year has come around. Valentine’s Day may be the most disliked and adored holiday all year long. While some happy couples will be going out for dinner and bringing each other flowers and chocolates, other individuals will be staying at home, hoping for something different next year, while some people may just enjoy the company of their friends while watching cheesy romance movies late into the night. This year, however, it is likely that, in some way or another, many teenagers will be stressing over the holiday.

Many people worry about having a Valentine. When one is in high school, it is easy to get caught up in the excessive drama that romance brings throughout the school year. If you don’t have a Valentine this year, it is easy to get discouraged. However, it is important to remember that this is only high school. You need not worry about one holiday so much when there will be plenty of opportunities for Valentine’s in your future.

Those people who do have significant others during this holiday often worry about a different issue: whether or not they should be buying a gift for their partner. When couples have only been together for short periods of time –which can be said for many high school relationships– it can be difficult to decide whether or not one should be buying gifts for the other person. Though there is no simple answer to this question, it goes without saying that people enjoy receiving gifts from people they care about. A gift early on in the relationship might be something small like flowers or chocolate, whereas a Valentine’s gift in a longer relationship may include jewelry and things that the other person loves, it goes without saying that the person receiving the gift will be flattered to have received a present from their partner. In short, if you two have not been together for too long, remember that it is the thought of the gift that counts and you shouldn’t worry too much about whether or not the gift is good enough.

Finally, remember that Valentine’s Day is not just about material gifts. It can be easy to get caught up in presents and spending money, but it is equally important to spend time with your Valentine. Though there are certainly people who will enjoy gifts more than a date night together, the majority of people would rather spend time with their Valentine than be given a superficial gift of flowers or candy. Quality time goes a long way with a person, especially since that is what the holiday is all about.

All in all, remember to have a great time this Valentine’s whether you are spending time with your significant other, your close friends, or just taking the night to take care of yourself. Don’t worry too much about whether you are single or taken and appreciate the holiday for what it is: a day to celebrate your loved ones.