Letter: The gospel truth

Sir: Yasmin Alibhai Brown (Comment, 23 December) laments that Christmas, unlike Ramadan, is not a time when collective faith is renewed.

I disagree. When we traipse round the shops hunting for presents for our loved ones, we're not acting out of materialism, but rather expressing the humanist faith that we are capable of seeing the world through another person's eyes and can divine what will make that particular person happy.

From a humanist perspective, the choosing of gifts for others is surely a sacred act.


London SW18