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

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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.

In the last two years alone, numerous celebrity couples saw their relationships come to an end in the lead up to Christmas.

Over just before Christmas: Chris posted this snap of him and Rihanna just days before their rather public and explosive break up

Despite having been separated for months Ashton Kutcher has chosen the pre-festive season to file official divorce papers to Demi Moore

Over just before Christmas LEFT: Chris posted this snap of him and Rihanna just days before their rather public and explosive break upRIGHT: Despite having been separated for months Ashton Kutcher has chosen the pre-festive season to file official divorce papers to Demi Moore

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.

Victims of 'turkey drop' The run up to Christmas 2010 saw Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds call an end to their two year marriage

Victims of 'turkey drop' The run up to Christmas 2010 saw Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds call an end to their two year marriage

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Happier times: Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens in High School Musical 3 before they called time on their relationship pre Christmas 2010

It is also a time of year traditionally spent with family, which, as any couple knows, can be a source of tension. Parental disapproval of a partner and the strain of family fights may prompt some of us to pull the plug on an ailing relationship.

Of course there will undoubtedly be a few Scrooges who end rotten relationships before the 25th simple to avoid buying another present.

Whatever the reason at least those shown the door will have plenty of comfort food and family surrounding them to ease the pain – and a fair few drinks too.