Story by Paul Dring
Everyone loves Christmas, yes? Not so, according to Jamie Magazine. “I hate everything about Christmas. It’s stressful and depressing,” says psychologist Steve Wasserman in the pages of the new issue. “Sure, after a few bottles of wine anything can be tolerated, but unless you’re seriously inebriated or on Prozac, Christmas is hellish!”
Wasserman is just one of the people in the magazine’s photo essay of those who won’t be celebrating this 25 December. There is a humanist who doesn’t believe in God, a Sudanese Muslim fleeing persecution in his homeland, a South African who can’t afford to go home for the holiday, and an A&E nurse who will be at work – despite the fact that Christmas Day is also his birthday. “Having a birthday on Christmas Day is the most unfortunate experience you could wish on anyone!” he says.
Festive-spirited readers need not be put off by all this humbuggery, however. Elsewhere, the magazine’s pages are packed with great Christmas stories and recipes – including an exclusive sneak preview of the recipes Jamie will cook in his forthcoming Christmas TV shows. So whether you find Christmas a time for celebration or merely “society pretending to have a good time when in fact no one is”, the new issue of Jamie Magazine will have something to appeal.
About the suthor: Paul Dring is the Managing Editor of Jamie Magazine.