I might specifically do something the day or week before and announce I'm skipping Valentine's Day.
It does not work that way! Even with such prior agreement, you will get in big trouble.
I used to work with this man (he has kids my age) ... he came into the office on VD all happy that he and his wife had agreed to just go out to eat with some friends at a nice restaurant and that buying $50 worth of flowers that were just going to die was a waste of money. But of course, he gets a call at work in the morning from his wife who is all upset that "all the other women in the office" are getting flowers.
Him> "Are they all getting to go out to the best restaurant in town?"
Her> "No, but I don't care. I want flowers. "
It's stupid because you can give gifts 364 days out of the year on every day, but if you don't give one on VD, you "don't love her." On the flip side, you can be a jerk 364 days out of the year but give her some flowers that will die and be thrown away, and you are somehow romantic.
If you want a (happy) relationship with a girl, you better be ready to succumb to every commercial holiday that ever has been and will be invented.
Indeed. Actually, I'm worse than that. The more peer pressure there is to do something, the more likely I am to not do it.
I'm like that too. It's reverse-peer-pressure.