Tis The Season To Be Dumped! New Trend Sees Number Of Couples Breaking Up Soar Over Christmas

It should be the season of glad tidings and goodwill to all men, but it seems there is an increasing - and most unfestive - new holiday tradition of pre-Christmas breakups. In the U.S. the phenomenon has been nicknamed the 'turkey drop', to describe a break-up that happens between Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday of November) and 25 December. In the last two years alone, numerous celebrity couples saw their relationships come to an end in the lead up to Christmas. The past few weeks have seen Rihanna�s very public split from Chris Brown and Ashton Kutcher file for divorce from Demi Moore (who also split from her 26-year-old boy toy, Vito Schnabel this month). Zooey Deschanel also finalised her divorce from Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, and Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Rob Kardashian broke up with his long term girlfriend, pop sensation Rita Ora.In 2010 Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds ended their two-year marriage just before Christmas. The year also saw, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens , �Dexter's� Michael C. Hall and his wife Jennifer Carpenter and 'Nip/Tuck' star Dylan Walsh and his wife Joanna Going all announce the end in the run up to Christmas.Data researchers David McCandless and Lee Byron charted the most frequent times of year that relationships end and found two peaks, one in March and one in the run up to Christmas. While it is not clear exactly what causes this trend, it is suggested that the stress of the holiday season may be to blame, with people feeling unable to cope with pleasing their partner as well as preparing for the celebrations. Many become nostalgic and reflective around Christmas and may begin to question their lives and decisions, which can call into question the compatibility and longevity of a relationship.