Emma Chow, co-host of The Edge 96.ONE's Breakfast Show Mike E & Emma, and her husband don't do V-Day, here's why.
I've always been a romantic at heart. I love love, I love being in love, I love being loved.
When I was younger, Valentine's Day was everything — more than Christmas and birthdays combined — because it was the one day of the year where all my feelings (and hopefully, all my boyfriend's feelings) were put on the table. Maybe we would even say our first ILYs!
But as I got older, I started to care less. And it seems like a lot of women in 2017 feel the same way. According to recent studies, 44 percent of us don't even expect a gift on Valentine's Day anymore.
So is Valentine's Day dead? Perhaps. Here's why my husband and I don't celebrate it.
One day doesn't make up for the other 364. Telling your partner how you feel should be something ongoing. You can't just go all-out on Feb. 14 and then be a slacker for the rest of the year.
Just because everyone else is, doesn't mean you have to. I used to roll my eyes so hard at my mum for saying this when I was a kid, but really: If everyone else jumped off a cliff, would you do it too? Romance should never be forced — do it in your own time.
The pressure. Every guy is under pressure when Valentine's Day rolls around, because let's face it — it's a day for the ladies. What does his girlfriend expect? How much should he spend? What if her present isn't as extravagant as what her friends got from their boyfriends? It's not a competition, but it starts to feel like one.
It kinda seems tacky. There's something icky about how full on Valentine's Day is. So many red love hearts and teddy bears! It's such a crazy display that it almost takes away from the original idea — which is simply to tell someone how much you love them.
It's expensive. Long stem roses, gift, fancy dinner, hotel room — by the time you add up the cost, our poor dudes are out of pocket until next pay day! Did you know roses cost 30 to 50 percent more on Valentine's Day? That cash would be better spent on a weekend away.
Romance on any other day is way better. Showering someone with love on a day that isn't a hallmark holiday means so much more. It means he's not doing it just because everyone else is, but because he wants to do something especially for you!