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There they were, all twinkly and sparkly standing to attention in the window of Knight and Lee in Southsea.

Bloomin’ Christmas trees and it’s only just October.

Last Saturday I was having a toot about the above when Luscious Lez commented: ‘Darling, I saw Christmas cards on sale in August’.

It’s ridiculous. Summer (what summer) is hardly over and stores are promoting Christmas already.

Over the past few years the celebration of Christmas has become a massive merchandising machine.

Practically gone are my childhood days, where you put out a stocking on Christmas Eve and Santa Claus would fill it with a few inexpensive toys.

Today’s parents are under pressure to purchase the latest mobile phones, laptops, designer trainers and computer games for their children.

Why?

Because they know that if their child doesn’t have all the latest gadgets and fashions they’ll probably get ridiculed by their peers at school.

What a sad, consumer-driven society we’ve become. Judged by what we possess and not by who we are as a person.

And one person who is becoming a distant memory every December 25 is the baby Jesus.

So just how will the Church of England remind everyone that Christmas is about the birth of Christ? With a poster campaign.

Folks, when I opened my newspaper I saw the photo of a plastic doll in a white romper suit with a sheep on the front. The words alongside were ‘Godbaby. He cries. He wees. He saves the world’.

My instant reation was ‘ooo, how creepy’.

I’m not religious, but I support the fact that the UK has always been a predominately Christian country. And Christmas is Christmas, not a winter festival as the politically-correct would have us call it because we’re a multicultural society.

But will the Church of England’s £100,000 Godbaby campaign make Christmas less commercial and more spiritual? I doubt it.