From what I gather, during the Appstore break, the TA forums are locked down. Whether this is true or not is a different matter altogether.
Dont think that happened last year at all, i havent heard of a forum which shuts down over Xmas. I must admit i normally post less and have a break from the computer, think its healthy, but the forum i'm sure will still be around/active.
Just a quick note that our new game collaboration with Cartoon Network is available today, based on the tv show "The Amazing World of Gumball!" The game is called "Mutant Fridge Mayhem" and it's a fast-paced beat-em-up, which you can read about it in our TA thread thisaway --> http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=170173