Steph Barnes
Updated October 27, 2017 10:32 am

Seems like every day there’s a new (often ridiculously named) dating trend popping up. From submarining to ghosting, you’ve probably heard or done it all, but we’ve just discovered a new one…and we think you may actually relate. It’s called “Turkey Dropping” and it’s the reason so many couples break up around Thanksgiving. And despite the name, it has nothing to do with a delicious, cooked bird.

While that may sound terrible, it makes a lot of sense. If the long-distance relationship isn’t working, it’s best to end things sooner rather than later, and in person, right?

And college kids separated by distance aren’t the only ones affected by the turkey drop breakup trend.

While chatting with Bustle, Dr. Michele Kerulis of Northwestern University’s online Masters In Counseling program said holiday stress can actually push many couples to their breaking points, and since the holidays begin in fall — aka Thanksgiving season — there’s a noticeable spike in breakups.

While we don’t think any time is ever really ideal for a breakup, when you think about it, Dr. Kerulis has a point. After Thanksgiving comes more holidays, then New Year’s, and then it’s Valentine’s Day…none of those times seem great junctures for “The Talk.”

When we take the alternative into consideration, breaking up during Thanksgiving seems pretty reasonable. If you’re getting ready to drop the turkey, or if someone ends up dropping your turkey, we’re sending endless hugs, because breakups suck. But at least you can still enjoy some real turkey (and pie) with your friends and family, right?