Is it me or does the Christmas sales merry go round seem to start earlier and earlier every year? Apparently it’s not just me who thinks this. The residents of St Austell in Cornwall are none too happy after their town’s Christmas lights were put up this week, in bright sunshine! Angry townsfolk complained to the local council that it was far too early for them to start thinking about Christmas when Summer had only just ended. The official reason given for the lights was the fact that the council had nowhere to store them and they were taking advantage of the good weather to put them up! Local shopkeepers are saying that it makes St Austell a laughing stock! Bah humbug! Whatever happened to the days when Christmas was regarded as a religious holiday to spend special time with family? Nowadays it has got more and more commercialised with parents being forced to go into debt, buying the latest expensive toys for their children, which many will no doubt be bored with by the New Year.