Stamps devalue true meaning of Christmas

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From: Ruthven Urquhart, High Hunsley, Cottingham, East Yorkshire.

I WAS saddened to read your feature (Yorkshire Post, October 29) containing details of the Royal Mail’s new festive stamp designs.

My dictionary defines Christmas as “the annual commemoration by Christians of the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25”. I see no evidence of this historical fact included in these illustrations. Robins, reindeer, snowmen, Santa Claus etc, yes, but nothing specifically depicting the Bethlehem scene. No crib in a stable, no child in swaddling clothes, or indeed any hint or image of our saviour, whose birth must be our main focus for these celebrations.

Is there any wonder I continue to possess an allergy to modern life?

From: David W Armitage, Oakwood Drive, Altofts, Normanton.

YOU published a superb illustration of the five stamps which read “Christmas 
stamps featuring traditional scenes and characters etc. were unveiled by the Royal Mail today”.

Later in the article are the phrases, “sets the perfect tone for the stamps ... to mark national events and key calendar dates ...”

What on earth is a robin, reindeer, snowman and the other illustrations shown, to do with the celebration of Christmas – the birth of Jesus in our Christian country?

Once again, the Post Office’s management/designers/illustrators devalue Christmas which is held dear by millions of Christians.