Letter: Bah! Humbug!

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Sir: Rosemary Carey (letter, 9 December) thinks the Millennium is a principally Christian celebration. I beg to differ.

The New Year is an underrated but delightfully optimistic time, uncontaminated by religion, commerce or months of advance hype. This year it will be ruined by the acolytes of Jehova and Mammon, intent on subjecting us to a double portion of their favourite deities.

The actual two-thousandth anniversary of Christ's birth has long passed, unmarked and without incident. By all means mark two thousand years of Christianity, perhaps with a re-enactment of the Crusades or a public witch-burning. But do it at the right time - Christmas Day 2000 - and leave New Year for us secular old cynics to enjoy in peace.

MARK PALMER

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