Friday Is The Last Day To Dump Someone Before Christmas
If you've been thinking about breaking up with your partner for a while now, you might want to get a move on, as December 6th is being considered the last day you can break up with your other half before Christmas.
According to new research, breaking up with your partner after the 6th (that's this Friday!) is considered too harsh. You don't want to ruin their Christmas after all - and what if they're about to buy you some sort of lavish present?!
The study by Hillarys asked 2,643 Brits about dating around the holidays, and they voted the day the 'cut off point' to be able to ditch your partner before Crimbo.
Maria Sullivan, dating expert at Dating.com, agrees that you should be mindful of timing when it comes to a break-up.
"Try not to breakup on any time within a few weeks before or after Christmas to avoid added attention and stress," she tells Tyla. "Always consider what would make the breakup come as less of a shock and more manageable to deal with, based on what you know about your soon-to-be ex's personality."
If it's you that's on the receiving end of the break-up (ouch, sorry), then prepare to endure some extra melancholy around the holidays when you are surrounded by happy couples at family gatherings.
"If it happens to you, instead of focusing on the amount of wine you can consume to forget you're alone, focus on building relationships with people you don't get to see often or might not know that well," Maria advises.
"Spend time with a younger cousin or an older aunt. Making an impact on someone else's holiday, who may also be riding single or alone, can be rewarding and leave you feeling fulfilled instead of sorry for yourself."
A huge 32 per cent of people agreed that even if you felt it wasn't working out, you should save their feelings and wait until January to do the deed. Well no one wants to be crying over their Christmas pudding do they?
Maria suggests that if you miss the cut off, you could take it as a blessing and make a commitment to work on your relationship in the New Year.
"If you happen to have missed the December 6th cutoff, make an exciting goal with your partner to work through any doubts you're having right now. Whether your resolution is to hit the gym, read more books or find a new job, don't tackle it alone.
"You can even incorporate a sense of friendly competition and race to achieve goals, which will likely reignite the spark. Having your loved one by your side will not only motivate you and inspire you, you'll fall in love all over again when you see your partner putting in the work!"
However, Match's dating expert Hayley Quinn takes a different view. She thinks that even if you miss the 'deadline', it's not fair to stay with someone until January just so you can have a clean conscience.
"Chalking up a new crop of festive memories only to bail out as soon as you've got through New Years may come off as callous," she tells Tyla. "There are also few feelings worse than just knowing someone is withdrawing from a relationship before it has been verbalised."
Hayley's advice? Keep it respectful and transparent.
"If you have to break up before Christmas acknowledge the bad timing and remind your ex that the reason you're telling them now is because you respect them and don't feel it's fair to mislead them," she explains. "It's natural for them to feel upset about this, however as long as you don't appear too jubilant on social media, they'll forgive you in time."
Despite the festive cheer and romantic atmosphere, Christmas is the time when most couples decide to call it quits.
As for the reasons why, 57 per cent of people gave up because they thought the 'spark had gone', while 44 called it quits amid cheating claims. Yikes!
Following that, 26 per cent weren't happy with their partner's living habits, 18 per cent of people ended it because of money issues, and nine per cent couldn't face the stress of Christmas.
And believe it or not, one per sent admitted they dumped their partner so they wouldn't have to buy them a gift.
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