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For couples, the holiday season can be a time of merriment, mistletoe, and mixed feelings about where the relationship may be headed. While Christmastime is the peak season for marriage proposals, it also happens to fall into what has been termed by some as “breakup season.” Data analyst David McCandless recently combed through over 10,000 Facebook posts from 2019 and found that more
couples broke up during the two weeks preceding Christmas than any other time of year. In fact, “breakup season” seems to span from the time immediately following Halloween to just after New Year’s. So, what prompts the schism formations between what seemed to be healthy relationships? A major contributor to the rise in breakups during the holiday season is stress linked to various factors, including the pressure of buying gifts for significant others, spending time with each other’s families, and miscommunication of shared responsibilities and expectations.
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