Why You Should Skip Valentine’s Day

skip valentine's dayI actually really like Valentine’s Day. It’s a very sweet holiday, but honestly, this year I’m probably going to skip it.

Yes, you read that right – skip it.

I’ve been dead serious when I say that all I want for the occasion is a pair of pink socks to put in my hospital bag. I’m having twins in just a few weeks, and I’ve been so focused on preparing my mind and my home for them that I’ve hardly had a moment to notice that Valentine’s Day is just a few days away.

So, if you’re trying to decide whether or not to pay any attention to the occasion, here are some good reasons to skip it:

1. People Have Really High Expectations

There’s just something about the holiday that makes people go crazy. Maybe they expect a large bouquet to be delivered to their work or they expect a couple’s massage. Either way, they are often left disappointed when their partner doesn’t do exactly what they were hoping for. That’s why I told my husband I just wanted a pair of pink socks and that I was going to wait until after Valentine’s Day when they all went on sale to buy them. In years past, we’ve done the fancy restaurant thing and we even got engaged on Valentine’s Day but now we’ve really got one thing on our mind and that’s getting ready for these kids!

2. It’s Such a Money Making Scheme

Like all major holidays, this one is also just a big money making scheme. Although the decorations aren’t nearly as bad as they are around the Christmas holidays, there’s still a lot of junk spilling over into the aisles of your nearest and dearest big box store. Given that we’re still in questionable economic times, I really hate the materialism that surrounds any holiday. I think there are a lot of way to show you love someone without the jewelry and the excess. Just making your other half a nice breakfast or writing a sweet note is a great way to show you care.

3. It Makes Others a Little Sad

Every year on Valentine’s Day, I have a few single friends that get really down. All of the love and gush and hearts and flowers can make them feel really alone and upset. Holidays are supposed to be fun, sweet, and uplifting. So, if you’ve been in a relationship for a long time, why not skip Valentine’s Day this year and spend it with one of your single friends instead? You can take then to a movie or talk about horrible dates you’ve had in the past and just keep their mind off of their recent bad breakup.

After all, Valentine’s Day can be more than just showing your love for your other half. You can use it as a time to show your appreciation for all of your friends, family members, and colleagues who make your world a better place.

Are you going to skip Valentine’s Day this year?