Christmas takes its toll on any relationship, between the surge of domestic necessities – having to deploy the pickling skills you haven’t used in decades, and the emotionally fraught business of gift selection – and, of course, the fact that spending the whole month drunk means you are bound to get off with one of your colleagues. You have wanted to all year; for most of autumn, it was the only reason you went into work.*
Dr Wednesday Martin has a modern solution: the “hall pass”, or to give it its full title, a festive period of consensual non-monogamy. “You agree with your partner: ‘I love you, I love this relationship, but I’m also missing some thrill and adventure’,” she said on This Morning. Women are more likely to feel this way than men, Martin asserted.