Why was it so hard to find a card that represented the real meaning of Christmas in Hastings?

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From: Heather Taylor, Stonehouse Drive, St Leonards on Sea

I faced the wind and rain to go down to Hastings town centre.

Not being able to walk far, I thought my time would be short down town. I was after some Christmas cards. So I went into the first card shop, and I looked and I looked and I looked. But no, nothing that I wanted. So I went on to the second card shop. Only to come out with no Christmas cards.

Then, as it was wet and cold I thought I would try one more card shop. But yet again I could get what I wanted. But by this time I was so frustrated I asked the cashier behind the counter: “Excuse me, but where are your Christian Christmas cards please – like the ones with baby Jesus on, the three wise men or the doves of peace?”. She said: “Oh, I think I’ve seen some.”

And sure enough there, they were. Two designs to choose from. While the rest of the cards were all snowmen. Father Christmas. Funny Christmas cards. Loads of them.

I find it very difficult to understand why at this festive season – which is a time to remember the birth of our Lord Jesus – that there are only two designs to choose from, tucked at the bottom of a shelf somewhere.

What with this, and fewer schools doing the traditional nativity play, where are our younger generation of Christians going to hear and see what the true meaning of Christmas is?