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Carey: online sales 'undermining Christmas'

With this Christmas Day predicted to be the busiest ever for online shopping, church leaders have criticised the new level of commercialisation entering the Christian celebration.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey warned: "Christmas Day is a time to be together with the family, to focus on the children and to have a great time together. This day is precious. We are in danger of the gadgets taking over our lives and we are not in control of them."

Nearly 1.5m people are expected to log on during Christmas Day looking for online bargains, according to the Telegraph.

New owners of tablet devices given as Christmas presents are expected to fuel the surge, with the peak anticipated between 1pm and 2pm, a time when families could be expected to be sitting down to Christmas lunch.

Many publishers will have staff working on Christmas Day on digital marketing initiatives to maximise sales to new device owners. Meanwhile Amazon.co.uk is starting its Boxing Day sale on Christmas Day itself.

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This year I bought all my presents online, mainly through Amazon, everything arrived within three days.

Apart from not having to go to the shops, I could read reviews and change my selections after viewing the total of my purchases. I shall never shop in the high street again for Christmas presents or much anything else except for food. Anything musical I have been buying online from Thomann.de in Germany for about five years now, good prices and goods arrive in three days.

Tablets not only herald the end of the paperback but also many toys, Hasbro and Mattel are well aware it will effect them. Children are being given hand-me-down tablets, and prices for tablets are dropping. What picture book or board game can compete with an animated picture book or video game?

Like writers, how many creatives are going to waste their time thinking up ideas to sell to Hasbro and Mattel only to be turned down? Creating their novelty in a digital world, they can delver them through Amazon and Apple and keep the lions share of the profits too. Lego is of course the exception but Lego has long had digital offerings too.

As for bishops and God, there are 65 telescopes now in orbit, viewing in all spectrums - white light, infrared, ultra violet, etc plus we have radio telescopes on Earth. So far none have caught a glimpse of Father Christmas, an angel, cherabim or seraphim nor any sign of any god.

Without any proof of God whatsoever, what are we doing allowing bishops into any part of government, let alone the House of Lords? I'm not saying they might not have a reasonable view on poverty and social deprivation but let them stand on their own merits. The spiritual is a trick of the mind, a weakness in the human psyche. If it isn't prove it.

As for Christmas, Scrooge had it right before he dropped off. However Judge Dredd would probably have put it better, 'Christmas, there ought to be a law against it.'

Now for New Year's drunken, tartan schmalz, then its back to sanity. Humbug.

http://www.darcyblaze.com/

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This year I bought all my presents online, mainly through Amazon, everything arrived within three days.

Apart from not having to go to the shops, I could read reviews and change my selections after viewing the total of my purchases. I shall never shop in the high street again for Christmas presents or much anything else except for food. Anything musical I have been buying online from Thomann.de in Germany for about five years now, good prices and goods arrive in three days.

Tablets not only herald the end of the paperback but also many toys, Hasbro and Mattel are well aware it will effect them. Children are being given hand-me-down tablets, and prices for tablets are dropping. What picture book or board game can compete with an animated picture book or video game?

Like writers, how many creatives are going to waste their time thinking up ideas to sell to Hasbro and Mattel only to be turned down? Creating their novelty in a digital world, they can delver them through Amazon and Apple and keep the lions share of the profits too. Lego is of course the exception but Lego has long had digital offerings too.

As for bishops and God, there are 65 telescopes now in orbit, viewing in all spectrums - white light, infrared, ultra violet, etc plus we have radio telescopes on Earth. So far none have caught a glimpse of Father Christmas, an angel, cherabim or seraphim nor any sign of any god.

Without any proof of God whatsoever, what are we doing allowing bishops into any part of government, let alone the House of Lords? I'm not saying they might not have a reasonable view on poverty and social deprivation but let them stand on their own merits. The spiritual is a trick of the mind, a weakness in the human psyche. If it isn't prove it.

As for Christmas, Scrooge had it right before he dropped off. However Judge Dredd would probably have put it better, 'Christmas, there ought to be a law against it.'

Now for New Year's drunken, tartan schmalz, then its back to sanity. Humbug.

http://www.darcyblaze.com/