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‘Tis the Season to Breakup

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Put on your seat belts now through Christmas Eve. My apologies for being the bearer of bad news, but breakup season is officially here, and it starts on December 11th. If you’re in a rocky relationship, you may sadly become one of the annual holiday statistics and find yourself flying solo.

Why does December 11th mark “Breakup Day?” Once upon a time, about 16 years ago, the famous breakup chart published by David McClandess went viral very quickly. McClandess studied profile status updates on Facebook that included the words “breaking up” and “breakup.”

Facebook Breakup Chart

The result showed an upward trend starting in November,  peaking on December 11th and continuing for the two weeks leading up to Christmas. This spike of couples bidding farewell to their current love interests continues annually on this date. This year, I expect December 11th to be a more emotional year than others since it falls on a Monday.

While this two-week period of relationship status changes lasts until December 24th, fortunately, Christmas Day isn’t a popular day to say “au revoir” to your beau.

So why has breaking up become such a hot topic this holiday season? The time leading up to a major holiday or event can be very stressful for couples. Along with birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and anniversaries, the Christmas season is when you show the world that you are a couple, and you’ll see many couples proposing.

With today’s economy, many singles aren’t willing to invest in an expensive gift if they know their relationship is about to run its course. Instead, breaking up is the best solution rather than faking it during the holidays.

Unfortunately, breaking up has become too easy to do. Saying goodbye in a text or ghosting your partner during the holidays is the cowardly and most common way out.

If your relationship hits a bump on the road during the holidays, take the time to have a converesation with your partner to see if you’re on the same page.

I also recommend discussing holiday gift giving. If your partner thinks you’re expecting a ring, and it’s not in their budget, have the conversation on how you’d like to handle the holidays a a couple.

However, if your relationship is about to run its course, don’t be surprised if your current love interest reactivates their online dating app profile in the coming weeks.

Then again, sometimes it’s best to say, “Out with the old, in with the new.” Everyone deserves a new beginning and a partner who adores them to the moon and back.


Julie Spira is America’s Top Online Dating Expert and Digital Matchmaker. She’s been helping singles find love online for almost three decades with her Irresistible Online Dating Profiles. For dating advice, follow Julie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and sign up for the free Digital Flirt newsletter.

Julie Spira is America's Top Online Dating Expert. She's an award-winning dating coach who's been helping singles find love online for 25+ years. Follow @JulieSpira on IG.

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