“Christmas is forced upon a reluctant and disgusted nation by the shopkeepers and the press; on its own merits it would wither and shrivel in the fiery breath of universal hatred…. ”

George Bernard Shaw

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The threat of Christmas hung in the air, visible already in the fretful look of passersby as they readied themselves for the meaningless but necessary rites of false jovialities and ill-considered gifts.

Peter Dickinson, Play Dead, a mystery novel

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“Until one feels the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. All else is outward display; so much tinsel and decorations. For it isn’t the holly, it isn’t the snow. It isn’t the tree not the firelight’s glow.

It’s the warmth that comes to the hearts of men when the Christmas spirit returns again.”

Anonymous

Bah Humbug

On consumerism: http://www.buynothingchristmas.org

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