Valentine’s Day Is Dead: Why Couples Are 'Breaking Up' With It This Year

candy hearts valentine's dayBefore you get yourself all worked up about what you're going to do for Valentine's Day, because it's already THIS FRIDAY, listen up: The Hallmark holiday is D-E-A-D. Like no pulse. Really! At least according to new survey findings from VoucherCloud.net. They polled over 2K men and women in relationships and found that just only one in five of couples (19 percent!) will be celebrating V-Day. Who knew!?

Can you guess the real reasons couples aren't so keen on exchanging boxes of chocolates and cards full of hearts this year? And no, no one's pointing the finger at the latest Winterstormblizzardpocalypse "Pax" -- yet.

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Well, 55 percent blame the "cost" of Valentine's Day. No big surprise there. Meanwhile, 31 percent claim they don't "believe" in celebrating (okay, hipsters), 29 percent have "been too long with their partner" to celebrate (that's sad), 20 percent are too busy (lame), and 17 percent are "currently fighting, not getting along with their partner." Ha, ouch, well, that last one is definitely a good excuse!

But really, excuse shmuse. We shouldn't have to give any sort of rationale for not celebrating -- or celebrating. Ultimately, Valentine's is the sort of holiday we put way too much pressure on ourselves over. We feel damned if we do, damned if we don't. We need to reeeelax and just see it as another opportunity to show our partners how much we care and appreciate one another. It sure as heck isn't -- or geeze, shouldn't be! -- the only chance to do that all year.

And it's always so overblown, too. To me, the best Valentine's Days have been marked by small but thoughtful gifts or activities. The year my husband/then-boyfriend bought me cookie sheets because I had been itching to bake and didn't have the proper equipment at his house. Or the year he took me to get a much-needed MRI on my back in a snowstorm! My brother-in-law and his fiancee like to bake pizzas together. This year, my husband and I will be celebrating by moving into our new place. Of course, I love chocolate-covered strawberries or a bouquet of roses as much as the next wife, but in the long run, the simplest gestures tend to be more memorable and meaningful than the more grandiose. On Valentine's Day or any day. Wouldn't you agree?

How do you feel about Valentine's Day? Will you be celebrating this year?

 

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