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The Vampire Diaries’ much-dreaded holiday hiatus is upon us. Sure, it happens every year, but for some reason, that doesn’t soften the blow. At all.

But enough about the hiatus. Obviously, the more-important question is, when will TVD be back? Executive producer Julie Plec tweeted that Damon and all our friends will return to our small screens on January 5, 2011 (which she quickly corrected to 2012. Proof time flies when you’re having fun!)

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And don’t blame Ms. Plec. As the Mystic Falls mastermind points out, “22 episodes a year, 52 weeks in a year. Hiatuses have to happen at some point. The network decides when.”

The CW is officially on our naughty list.

Source: Twitter