What's the best way to dump someone? There's no right answer — but there are definitely some things you should avoid. And when it comes to timing, a new poll from AskMen, a site dedicated to helping men improve their lives, asked 668 people what the best holiday to dump someone would be. Out of all of the holidays, there was a clear winner. Sorry turkey day, but you're the most popular holiday for dumping. So if you made it through your Thanksgiving dinner without being broken up with, you're doing well.
In a way, that's not surprrising. Thanksgiving kicks off a long holiday season — and a lot of people seem to want to get a breakup over with before the other holidays roll around. "Fall cues the beginning of the holidays," Dr. Michele Kerulis of Counseling@Northwestern, Northwestern University’s online masters in counseling program, tells Bustle. "The first glimpse of the holiday season appears in October with Halloween and concludes somewhere between New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day. This can be a really fun time for new couples or it can be extremely awkward."
This time of year can really bring out any stress in the relationship because there are often a lot of obligations. You can see why, if a relationship wasn't going well, Thanksgiving might be the best opportunity to get out before Christmas, New Year's, and, of course, Valentine's Day. "The holiday season is packed with pressure to attend parties thrown by friends, family, and employers," Dr. Kerulis says. "This, paired with advertisements encouraging couples to purchase extravagant gifts for each other, can be enough for some couples to call it quits. When one person is not as into the relationship as the other, Thanksgiving seems like the ideal time to call it quits."
But though Thanksgiving was the winner, not everyone was agreed on the best holiday to dump someone. Here's what AskMen found.