Valentine’s hype can force tough decisions

The holiday creates so much pressure that it’s a common time for relationships to end.

By Elizabeth Lund, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

They’re the Valentine’s Day (newsweb sites) gifts no one asks for: a note slipped under the door that reads “I’m taking my freedom back.” Or 25 votive candles with the comment, “The flame has died.” Sometimes it’s just the ring of a phone and the terse message, “We’re through.”

Those on the receiving end of such presents might want to break Cupid’s arrows, since Valentine’s Day breakups are becoming more common. As many as half of dating couples split up on Cupid’s big day, estimates Jodi Smith, etiquette expert and president of Mannersmith Consulting.

The main reason Valentine’s Day breakups are so frequent, culture watchers agree, is that the much-hyped holiday creates so much pressure and so many expectations.”

Just another reason to kill this holiday.

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