I’D LIKE TO WISH ALL MY READERSA VERY MERRY CHRISTMASAND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

From THE MIRROR:

Outside the summer sun was beating down, but inside Selfridges was a winter wonderland as it decked its halls for Christmas - FIVE months early. The lower ground floor had been turned into a Santa's grotto, even though there are 145 days to go to December 25.

And on Saturday, Knightsbridge department store Harrods will open its Christmas shop on the second floor.

A Church of England spokesman said: "We should not forget the true meaning of Christmas which is to celebrate the birth of Christ."

COMMENT: Which is what he says every year. Personally I would go for something along the lines of, "May the blasphemers be thrown into hell, where the worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched." It's a more Christlike response.

Comments

I’D LIKE TO WISH ALL MY READERSA VERY MERRY CHRISTMASAND A HAPPY NEW YEAR — 6 Comments

  1. you can blame us ‘mericans… Christmas in July has been around for a couple of years now. I think your response, though mild, is appropriate!

  2. To me, that first image is saying that “Father Christmas is my personal Jebus”.


    Glory be to the Santa,
    and to the elves
    and to the Niiine Reindeer.

    As it was in the beginning, is now and never shall be. Toys without end, aahhh-men, aaaah-men.”

  3. I recall “Christmas in July” promos in the late 1960’s. I thought they were a bad idea then too.

    Sending then perpetrators to the lake fire is an attractive proposition!

    FWIW
    jimB

  4. A Church of England spokesman said: “We should not forget the true meaning of Christmas which is to celebrate the birth of Christ.”

    What the spokesman failed to say is that there’s no reason for us to celebrate the birth of Christ on 25 December other than the old missionary practice of taking over the existing pagan festivals and turning them to their own advantage.

    Maybe if we announced that the church was going to start celebrating Christmas in July then the shops would start putting out their decorations in December … and we could suddenly change our minds, go back to 25/12 and shout “Fooled you!”

    (Roadside banner advertisements for Christmas hotel bookings have also started to appear in Norwich.)

  5. Saintly, the ancient Church’s calendar commemorated the Annunciation to Mary long before it calendared a date for the Nativity. The Church celebration of the Annunciation was on 25 MAR, as it still is today. I think you lot call it Lady Day. 25 DEC is 9 months later. The Nativity in July would celebrate a premature birth!

    I doubt many premis survived back then.