I CAN hardly think of anything I would like to do less than queue up for the Boxing Day sales (News, December 26). Yet that is what precisely what so many people have done in the pursuit of bargain buys.
Getting up at the crack of dawn to elbow your way past fellow shoppers is hardly the stuff of peace and goodwill to all men (and women). For me the festive season is a glorious opportunity to escape from work and the winter weather, to recharge the batteries and to enjoy some comfort and joy with friends, family and some excellent food and drink.
Even if the stores were to give goods away free, it would not be enough to drag me away from my Yuletide pleasures, certainly not at 4.30am.
Emma Ness, manager at Next in Princes Street, is quoted in your article as saying: “It’s bonkers in here, to be honest.”
D Kemp, Meadowbank
Stalin label suggests article wasn’t read
Gus Logan (Letters, December 27) comments on my Christmas Platform article (December 21) which discussed how the mid-winter festival we currently call Christmas is broad enough to accommodate all spiritual traditions including Christianity.
It is disappointingly beneath Mr Logan’s normal standard of debate that in addition to his churlish dig at Edinburgh Secular Society membership numbers he conflates the whole piece into the traditional shrill cry of “Secularists want to ban Christmas like Stalin”.
Gus, did you read the article?
Neil Barber, Edinburgh Secular Society, Saughtonhall Drive
Fed up with zealotry of the non-believers
I AM getting fed up with people in secular organisations telling us that what so many people believe in is all a lie.
It’s particularly annoying at this time when so many of us have been caught up in the magic of Christmas, with all the joy to be had for those of us with a will to enjoy the fun you can have at what would otherwise be a dark and dismal time of year.
Yet they will advise us in their “we know better than you” manner that it is all fake.
Sometimes they are so zealous in their pursuit of telling the rest of us what we should think that it seems like a new religion in itself. Perhaps they are bitter because they have no friends to enjoy a Christmas dinner with.
My festive message to secularists is simple.
If you don’t fancy the party, don’t go. But please don’t attempt to stop other people from having fun just because you don’t understand it.
Ken Welsh, Easter Road, Edinburgh
Major was the underminer here
WHAT does E Billingham mean about the dangers of separation (Letters, December 21)? Who for? For Scotland or Westminster?
Nobody would say the break-up of the Soviet Union and separating the former Soviet states into independent sovereign nations was a dangerous thing.
None of them have any regrets and they are on their way to a better future and are still interdependent.
And John Major became Prime Minister after the booting out of Thatcher by her own kind.
He was never popular in Scotland and did nothing to help the Conservatives’ fate here.
Colin Smail, Viewforth Gardens, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh
Think of the animals at this time of year
IT’S great news that an animal rehabilitation programme is to be launched at the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home with the help of a £500 donation from insurers Petplan (News, December 18).
Francesca Greaves, community fundraiser, said the money comes at the perfect time as they are due to kick-start their animal enrichment programme in January.
No doubt the donation will be of great help to purchase interesting and mentally stimulating toys to keep the animals entertained at the home, which is just brilliant.
I hope members of the public will, out of the goodness of their hearts, kindly donate money and food to the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, especially at this time of year, when many poor animals find themselves abandoned when they are given as Christmas presents then the novelty wears off and they are no longer wanted.
It is so sad indeed. Animals are not just for Christmas.
June Fleming, Hercus Loan, Musselburgh
Let’s hear it from Steve Cardownie
REGARDING David Coutts’ letter (Well done to Underbelly for a festive smash hit, News, December 21), I think the person who is short-sighted and very much naive is our illustrious councillor Steve Cardownie, for not speaking about this issue. We should be hearing from him.
Willie Murray, St Leonard’s Street, Edinburgh