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.

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