Letter: Christmas jeer

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Sir: I would like to claim the first sighting of Christmas decorations for sale this season (John Lewis, Brent Cross, London,10 am Monday 7 September).

This gives me a princely three months, two weeks and four days to decide between red and silver baubles and to plan the positioning of my manger scene, while also encouraging me to bypass autumn and assume stress levels more commensurate with the so-called festive season.

Surely it is time for the consumer to take a stand against such ludicrous manipulation of our natural life patterns and explain to whoever makes these decisions that at this beautiful, comparatively peaceful and contemplative time of year their offensive display only makes us want to insert several Wise Men where the Christmas star don't shine.

CAROLYN BADHAM

London NW4

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