OH, MR or Mrs Aston of Blackwood, how I admire your faith, not of course that I share one scrap of it. If, as you say, Jesus came into the world merely to die, couldn’t he just as easily have stayed at home to perform the happy dispatch? In this way he could have saved himself all that bother about rising again and avoided an unnecessary journey, what with the price of petrol. It might also have saved us two thousand years of religious wars and persecution. Oh, and if Christmas is really all about God forgiving the sins of those cursed by sin in order to be sinless sacrifice for the sinners...oh dear, couldn’t he at least have provided an interpreter?

Julian R. Powell Larch Grove Newport