These Are the Holidays People Think Are Most Reasonable to Dump Someone
We often associate winter and the holidays with cuffing season: the time of year when everyone wants to find someone to snuggle with. It’s tricky to be your best single self during this time of year, but many people in relationships would say it’s a hard time to be tied down too. Because the holidays are widely considered to be engagement season, they can be a stressful time for couples due to the pressure this puts on their relationship. Additionally, couples’ relationships are on display during the holidays, and many partners find themselves dealing with their S.O.’s family more often than usual. For these reasons, being in a relationship during this time of year brings its own unique set of challenges — and the numbers prove it.
In 2010, data journalists David McCandless and Lee Byron analyzed thousands of Facebook relationship statuses and posts and found that breakups began to increase after Halloween and rose dramatically two weeks before Christmas. In an ABC News article, Byron theorized that this time of year has high levels of breakups because of “end-of-the-year reflections or the thoughts of everyone heading home for the holidays.”
A recent AskMen poll seems to support the previous research. The poll asked 668 readers which holiday would be the most reasonable to dump a significant other and showed that ’tis the season for couples to make it or break it. TBH, no one should break up with anyone on a holiday, but love (or lack of it) is a mysterious thing. If you’ve made it through Thanksgiving as a couple, congrats — but keep an eye out for these upcoming dates.
1. Thanksgiving: Almost half of the respondents said that Thanksgiving was the most acceptable holiday to break up with someone. Apparently, this phenomenon is known as Turkey Dumping or Turkey Dropping: a cyclical breakup cycle that happens to most first-year college students as they end things with their sweetheart during their first break home (although it’s not limited to only college students). Thanksgiving is usually considered the beginning of a holiday season, so if you’re unsure of a relationship, it makes sense to nip it in the bud before attending months of possibly awkward family events together.
2. New Year’s Eve: Thirty-one percent of men said that New Year’s Eve is the most tolerable option for ending things with a boo, bringing new meaning to New Year, New (Single) You. The jury is still out on whether it’s okay to let someone down before or after midnight.
3. Valentine’s Day: Yikes. Of those surveyed, 16 percent of guys rated this romantic day as the most breakup-approved holiday. Valentine’s Day has its share of pros (chocolates and roses) and cons (very expensive chocolates and roses), but breaking up on a day that is supposed to celebrate love is just plain mean.
4. Their Birthday: Thankfully, only five percent of respondents would consider breaking up with their significant other on their birthday. Talk about worst birthday ever. Have a heart, guys!
5. Christmas: Less than one percent of men said that a Christmas breakup would be viable. While holiday breakups seem to be a trend, nobody seems up for dumping their boo on the climax of the holiday season.
Would you ever break up with someone on a holiday? Let us know @BritandCo!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)