Chil­dren’s an­noy­ing noise is part of Christ­mas

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

sir – I was fas­ci­nated to read the ar­ti­cle about par­ents not spend­ing money on their chil­dren at Christ­mas (Fea­tures, De­cem­ber 6).

Will the mother of the chil­dren re­ceiv­ing presents made of leaves also be get­ting a leaf-based gift? Or is it just the chil­dren who will be short-changed?

As for the ad­vice not to buy gifts that trip you over, or that play an­noy­ing mu­sic, this fails to un­der­stand what Christ­mas is about. It isn’t Christ­mas if there isn’t some­thing play­ing mu­sic or trip­ping peo­ple up.

Louise Cul­mer

Lit­tle­bourne, Kent

sir – You re­port (De­cem­ber 6) that chil­dren are far more in­ven­tive if they re­ceive just one or two gifts.

When my son was two, our sit­ting room car­pet was cov­ered with toys, yet he hap­pily played with a dis­carded pipe to­bacco tin.

Kevin Heneghan

St He­lens, Lan­cashire

A child makes a bee­line for a drum among the presents in this 19th-cen­tury il­lus­tra­tion

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