Celebrating renewal in a way you choose.
SIR - I see that Glyn Erasmus has trotted the now-annual pagan 'old chestnut' that the early church hijacked pagan festivals. I think this is very belittling of our pagan ancestors.
The early church was not powerful enough to foist Christianity onto all pagans. Of course there are some people who will follow any new or fashionable thing. But those of them who were true seers into the spiritual world saw the cosmic significance of both the birth and death of Jesus and knew that a great event had taken place, even before any physical Christian emissary arrived on these shores, and this gave rise to the beautiful Celtic Christianity, which was suppressed by the Roman 'state church'.
All through human history all religions and spiritual understandings have had that element of renewal, ie the return of the light at the point of greatest darkness, and that in itself is a good enough reason for it to chime with midwinter in this country. No-one knows the date of the birth of Jesus and that is for a very good reason. So yes, do have a happy Christmas everybody, or if you prefer, Winter Solstice. I celebrate both!
Diane Fontenoy Llandovery, Carmarthenshire