There has been some recent talk about how we have imported unnecessary events from America but it might be that our hands are not entirely clean.
I am thinking about the Victorian era, when everyone was going slightly crazy over the new concept of Christmas cards, and especially those which showed everything beautifully covered with snow.
However it happened, this vision seems to have been picked up by our American cousins and you now find that, in most of the Hollywood films about Christmas, at the end it always has to start snowing, as though this now makes the holiday absolutely perfect.
Although I love Christmas, I hate the snow.
My cupboards, fridge and freezer are well-stocked, so if it does snow I can essentially “hibernate” beside the nearest radiator, in front of my TV, and admire from a distance the pretty Christmas card view out of the window.
I wish our children all the joy I used to have playing in it when I was their age, although I remember when I was very young having to live with the reality that even with gloves on, your hands quickly got wet and cold. Too many snowballs!
To offset any possibility that you may think I’ve become a grumpy old woman, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas (with your own personal choice of weather, of course).
I would also like to congratulate the staff of the Yorkshire Evening Post for consistently producing an entertaining and up-to-date local newspaper; my fellow correspondents for all their various views and opinions; and all the readers who keep coming back for more, to encourage everyone to keep the whole thing going!
Denise Marsden, Cookridge
Don’t be lonely this Christmas
There seems to be much concern for old people living alone, not only at times of festivity such as now, but also throughout the year.
Since the loss of my wife 10 years ago, my own life has altered greatly, not only as a result of that sad loss but also through my inability to do the things I did in the past, such as walking, exercising and travel.
As a result I now spend much of my time watching TV, listening to the radio or on my PC, relishing contacts with the outside world through this wonderful invention.
Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if measures were taken to ensure that more old people were given the opportunity to learn basic computer skills and helped with the cost of internet access?
They would once again have the world at their fingertips, with the ability to renew old friendships, make new ones and have photography, music the arts and other information there for the asking.
Ernest Lundy, Beeston