Simon Cowell has decided to "scrap Christmas" and will spend yuletide apart from his fiancee Mezhgan Hussainy.
The X Factor boss flies out to Barbados from Los Angeles on the 25th itself and, thanks to the four-hour time difference between the Caribbean and LA, the 52-year-old will miss the majority of Christmas Day (25.12.11) altogether.
An insider said: "His relationship with fiancee Mezhgan is at crisis point and Simon has been working flat-out on the American X Factor. All in all it's been a pretty stressful year.
"So he decided to scrap Christmas and just concentrate on himself. He'll wake up at about midday and catch a flight at around 2pm, meaning he'll land in Barbados seven hours later - 1am local time.
"Simon and Mezhgan are spending the festivities apart so he may well have a turkey sandwich on the plane by himself. It's not going to be the greatest Christmas Day ever but it's what Simon wants to do."
Despite shunning Christmas, the US X Factor boss will spend Boxing Day (26.12.11) with former flame, 80s pop icon Sinitta, and her family enjoying a slap-up meal, before hosting a "lavish" bash on New Year's Eve (31.12.11).
The source added to the Daily Mirror: "Simon is godparent to Sinitta's kids and has bought them a sack-load of presents.
"He is once again treating all his friends to a trip on his yacht, mooring in either St Barts or Antigua, before hosting a lavish New Year's Eve knees-up. Simon wants to make 2012 his most successful year so far."