What do you say to a depressed turkey? “Cheer up mate, it’s nearly Christmas!” I hate winter – the gloomy days and long nights put me in a real funk. (I really envy those of you who live in the southern hemisphere right now.) Thank goodness, then, for the holidays – the festive break that can melt even the iciest of moods! And the same can be said for this issue of
Guru, where we have seasonal silliness aplenty to warm the soul, whatever
the weather… Not all of us celebrate this time of year in the same way. Take the Dutch, for example. They believe that Santa – or St Nicholas – travels on a horse. Which is a ludicrous idea, says our resident wildlife expert, Autumn Sartain: on page 25 she gives eight reasons why reindeer are the perfect choice to power a flying sleigh full of presents. And our favourite flying bearded fellow crops up again on
page 31, where Design Guru, Ian Wildsmith, charts his amazing abilities and proves once and for all that portly men can be superheroes. Daryl Ilbury, our Sceptic Guru, won’t be looking heavenward for anything miraculous this year. On page 43, he discusses why miracles are (pumpkin) pie in the sky. What he has to say may get some people hot under the collar – but that’s not the only way to stay warm: Matt Linsdell, Fitness Guru, is on hand to suggest we all go for a jog. He gives a run-down of the best cold-weather Christmas gifts to help outdoorsy types stay active in sub-zero temperatures on page 17. We’ve got gifts for everyone in this issue. Celebrity chef, Felice Tocchini, brings you some creative seasonal recipes on page 21 – he bravely dares to make the most maligned of green vegetables, the Brussels sprout, taste… erm, tasty! Animal Guru, Artem Cheprasov, gives us tips on how to keep your pets safe this Christmas on page 13. Meanwhile, on page 32, sleep researcher Isabel Hutchison ponders whether an all-nighter could be worse than too much beer. When you flip to page 9, you will meet the
very strange people who are trying to get a place on a one-way trip to Mars. No joke. So rest your feet up, get the fire going, and digitally unwrap this issue.