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Christmas comes early in UK

Its not even September yet but in one town here in the UK the christmas lights have gone up. See below for the article-oh how its now getting near.


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Despite the summer heat, festive lights have been appearing on lampposts in the Lancashire town.
The decorations include a giant Noel sign and a Santa Claus.
The council says they have gone up early to celebrate festivals for other faiths including the Hindu festival of Diwali in October.
Local officials say putting them up early will also save Ģ10,000 of taxpayers' money.
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Well if it will save money, then why not eh!.
Plus it celebrating other faiths to.

It is months before the lights are back down though eh, i am sure last year here, it was well into February before they were down lol!
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That is so cool. I wish our town would put stuff up this early.
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Its not even September yet but in one town here in the UK the christmas lights have gone up. See below for the article-oh how its now getting near.

Despite the summer heat, festive lights have been appearing on lampposts in the Lancashire town.
The decorations include a giant Noel sign and a Santa Claus.
The council says they have gone up early to celebrate festivals for other faiths including the Hindu festival of Diwali in October.
Local officials say putting them up early will also save Ģ10,000 of taxpayers' money.
Interesting reason for putting it up early. I can understand the saving money part, but the including all religions thing? These other groups do not have Santa or Christmas trees as part of their celebrations. I wonder if the town will also insist on a time of fasting (Ramada) or make sure fireworks light up the sky for Diwali festival. They want to include all religions, so does anyone know if they also put up a nativity scene?
Not meaning to sound sarcastic, but so much lip service to being all inclusive is made, it would be nice to see it actually happen.
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it really is cool to see decorations going up. Do they already light them up at night as well?
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whoa! Bit strange trying to capture other religeons festivals with Christmasd stuff tho.
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In the town where I used to live and the neighboring areas they used to put the town lights up in Nov. and they stayed up until the end of Jan. But, over the years they've gotten lazy so they now leave them up all year long! They don't light them until Thanksgiving though but, it will be 90 degrees in July and you can drive through the town, look up and see a Rudolph light looking down at you on a pole!
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Personaly i think the decs,lights and spirit of christmas should be for exactly that-CHRISTMAS!!

Not wanting to cause any offence to anyone but other religions have there own celebrations and here in the UK in some schools in certain parts of the country some local councils have or did scrap the nativity play as far as the religious part goes with the birth of jesus and mary/joseph etc, just incase it offended other religions/cultures. WRONG AND OUT OF ORDER it think in our own country, no way would i expect to goto another country and expect them to CHANGE there festivities/religious ceremonies to suit me an others. If others do not want to take part then they dont have to-no being forced but if it happens in my boys school when hes old enough to go then i will NOT stand for this.

As a father (and my own childhood memories) the school christmas nativity/play is a treasure moment and have fond memories of when i was a child, and i will do all i can to see my child partake in a tradition here that has happened for years.

As i say, no offence but thats my personal view.

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I think it's great to have the lights up early. I don't think they should be up all year. I do wonder how it is to celebrate other faiths though. I know Muslims do not have Santa etc.

I guess it's the thought that counts.

And yes, I do miss the Nativity plays in schools now.
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I know that it could save some money by putting them up early, but weather damage is a factor also. I know that I have to replace the lights on my fence because they are up year round.... sun, rain, freezing temps and such... but I use my lights so people can find my driveway even way out in the desert.
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