Why is it Christmas already?

First published in Letters

Sir.–I do not consider myself a Scrooge, a spoilsport or a person who doesn’t like festivals but I am somewhat dismayed that Christmas has come so early to Festival Place.

I was astonished as I walked through town last Wednesday to see the Christmas tree and bauble rides assembled. It was still only October.

On Friday, November 2, when I saw Father Christmas in his grotto, I began to wonder about the need to start the Christmas hype so soon.

I know the stores want to entice the shoppers in to buy as early as possible and for as long as possible, but to have this display in our faces from October seems over the top.

Why can we not get through Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night, mark Remembrance Day, and then plunge into Christmas?

It would still give us six weeks to spend, spend, spend. Anyway it doesn’t take long to buy crackers and a turkey. –Pauline Mayer, Address Withheld.


Sir.–I would like to say a big thank-you for publishing the article about Molly Murray in last week’s Gazette. However, a very important piece of information was sadly omitted. Basingstoke Lions Club and Sporting Footprints each kindly contributed £500 towards Molly’s chair, which added to the £1,200-plus raised by myself and my colleagues. I am grateful for the support shown by both charities. –Julie Gary Community Life Champion ASDA, Basingstoke.

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