What does Christmas mean to you?

When did Christmas start for you? Check out Jenny’s post on Take Five Author’s

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When did Christmas start for you? In September, when the first decorations started to appear in garden centres and certain shops? In December, when postal deadlines loom? Or will it only finally happen on Christmas Eve, when the stress of juggling work, day-to-day family needs and shopping has almost become too much, but you can finally sit down with a glass of wine in the happy knowledge that everything is sorted?

Sometimes we lose sight of the reason for doing things. Christmas is a religious festival – in Scotland, when my parents were young (in the early 20th century), it wasn’t even a public holiday! But as our society has grown ever more secular, so, too, Christmas has become more commercialised and for many people less religious. That can be a real turn-off. I’ve been known to mutter ‘Bah! Humbug!’ myself as Frosty the…

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