By Emily Crismore, sophomore
Valentine’s Day is seen as the day of romance and love. However, it has changed since it first became a celebrated holiday.
In the 13th century, Roman Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than married men, so he outlawed them from being able to marry. Valentine, a priest, defied Claudius and started performing secret marriage ceremonies for young men. Valentine was imprisoned after Claudius found out. Valentine fell in love with a girl during his imprisonment and right before he was sentenced to death, he himself sent the first Valentine’s Day card when he sent her a letter saying, “from your Valentine.” Valentine’s Day takes place every year on February 14th, the day of Valentine’s death, which is how it got its name.
Today, Valentine’s Day is celebrated not as a date in history but by going on dates and giving out greeting cards, sweets and gifts. Some dates are fancier than others, some sweets are better and some gifts bigger, but what matters is spending time with loved ones.
“The best and the most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart.” – The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller
The typical person spends about $116.21 on Valentine’s Day, according to statisticbrain.com. That money is spent on dates, dinner and a variety of gifts. While expensive things are nice, flowers, cookies, or a heartfelt card can be just as great. If you don’t have much money to spend, going ice skating or watching a movie with your significant other or by yourself is always an option.
“This year my boyfriend and I are going on this date to a restaurant downtown. Afterwards, we’re going to go the mall for a while and then going roller-skating,” Edgewood sophomore Kierstin Schooling said. “It’s not anything fancy, but I’m super excited to be with him and get to hang out. It’ll be nice for it to be just the two of us for a while since we’re usually so busy that it makes it hard.”