Tis the season to be dumped! New trend for "Turkey Dropping" sees number of couples breaking up soar over Christmas

Tis the season to be dumped! New trend for 'Turkey Dropping' sees number of couples breaking up soar over Christmas | UPDATED: 00:11 GMT, 25 December 2012 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.

Merry Essex-mas! How Father Christmas lived in TOWIE county and died 500 years ago

Merry Essex-mas! How 'Father Christmas' lived in TOWIE county and died 500 years agoArchive entry shows Father Christmas was buried in the county in 1564Essex Record Office archives show a host of Christmas family members | UPDATED: 14:42 GMT, 23 December 2012 Historians have uncovered evidence that Father Christmas lived in Essex and died nearly 500 years ago. Archivists at the county's records' office have discovered a brief archive entry that states Father Christmas was laid to rest at a churchyard in the village of Dedham on May 30, 1564.