British journalist and graphic designer David McCandless noticed the trend after analyzing 10,000 Facebook status updates over the course of a year and searched for terms indicating breakups. He found a huge surge in breakups between November 1st and Christmas.
Although McCandless' sample size was relatively small, relationship analysts agree with his findings. Bethany Marshall, a psychoanalyst who specializes in relationship issues, say, "People who are in bad relationships say: 'Do I really want to spend one more year with this person?'.... The holidays are like a litmus test; they expose what's really there in a relationship."
There are other ways to deal with holiday breakups and the normal holiday strain on relationships than immersing yourself in shopping frenzies or drowning your sorrows in eggnog. (In fact, the following bits of holiday "expert" advice could help us all avoid becoming grouchy Grinches during this time of year):
*Be nice to yourself.
*Reinvest in yourself.
*Reach out to others. Find solace in your friends and family.
*Keep holiday treats and alcohol to a minimum (overindulgence leaves you feeling sluggish)
*Give back. Many times, serving others can be the best way to forget about the misery in our own lives. Seek out a way to help those in need.