Valentine’s Day Clichés: No Way or OK?

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Valentine’s Day Clichés: No Way or OK?

Jami Citko and Noor Raza

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The term “Valentine’s Day” is often immediately followed by thoughts of chocolate and roses. But, according to History, people have been exchanging simple cards and gifts on this day since the 18th century—isn’t it getting old by now? 

Opinions on the holiday itself are extreme in both directions, but for those who do decide to celebrate, it can be difficult to determine whether to go with the textbook approach or attempt to make the most of the opportunity.  

Real Simple says to “forego the standard red rose bouquet and chocolate heart this year in favor of a more personalized present,” but the Boston Globe prefers to see them both as “timeless classics.” 

CHS students have their own ideas of how to best celebrate the holiday, and many would not be opposed to cliché Valentine’s Day gifts as long as they have meaning. 

“I think it’s a sweet gesture,” senior Arnitra Randolph expressed. “What makes it special is if someone did it sentimentally and not just because they felt the need to.” 

Others believe that it’s important to come up with unique ideas. 

“Creativity shows you care, and that’s better than a box of chocolates,” junior Logan Loza asserted. 

An easy way to make gifts more personal is by baking them. 

“I might make cookies for my friends, sugar cookies with pink frosting,” senior Sadie Marks stated. 

Something about food makes it a perfect personalized gift, whether it’s for a significant other or just to show friendly appreciation. In fact, according to Huff Post, baking for others is a great way to show love because “food has both physical and emotional significance.” 

Sometimes it’s best to forget Valentine’s Day traditions altogether and just gift based on the recipient. 

“I got my boyfriend two shirts, a nerf gun, and some candy,” senior Lauren Pollock described. 

Pollock is among those who prefer to avoid clichés when possible. 

“I think clichés are cute and very romantic, but they can be predictable or overdone,” Pollock expressed. “You could start by doing a cliché but then lead off to do your own spin, like after dinner go to a bowling alley if you guys love bowling. It’s also really hard to find a creative idea that will stand out among the rest and still mean a lot to a person.” 

Tailoring celebrations to the preferences of those involved is often the best way to make the most of the experience. Senior William Hackley, for example, is taking his girlfriend to see the ballet Swan Lake. 

“We just use [Valentine’s Day] as an excuse to hang out,” Hackley explained. 

As a small holiday with short build-up, Valentine’s Day isn’t seen as a big deal by many and instead remains a simple opportunity to spend extra time with a loved one. 

Some feel it’s too cliché to celebrate at all.  

“It’s lame. You should treat your loved one with love every day, not just one specific day” sophomore  Basir Noori expressed.  

Being romantic or just showing appreciation for friends, going all out or keeping it concise, don’t forget that the main objective of Valentine’s Day is to put a smile on someone’s face, however you choose to accomplish that.