From THE PRESS ASSOCIATION:
Santa Claus has been "hijacked" in Britain into becoming a Father Christmas of a "thousand adverts", a senior Church of England bishop has warned.
In his Christmas message, The Rt Rev Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans, said "It's sad that in Britain the selfless St Nicholas has been hijacked and has become the Father Christmas of a thousand adverts. We are left with little more than a materialistic Christmas, less about giving and more about self-pampering. Pester-power rules OK."
Dr Smith urged parents to put inexpensive oranges and gold chocolate coins into children's Christmas stockings as a way of remembering the saint.