By locking them on top, keep Christmas balls


As a logical atheist, I am confident that warnings based on superstition are nonsense and deserve to be ignored.

But this year, the workers at Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, etc. should please ensure that by January 6, every Christmas tree ball, tinsel shred and pine needle is taken down, packed away and cleaned up. Dominic RaynerLeeds- Forgetting Twelfth Night and keeping the Christmas decorations hanging until it’s finished is one way to deal with being coopted up at the darkest and most depressing time of the year. John CundillLondon- I, too, like to keep old copies of the Guardian (Letters, January 4). They are invaluable for the lighting in the winter of the open wood fire I sometimes light.

I had the pleasure of sticking a match in the copy recently (Dec. 19), which included a study warning me of the fire-emitting health hazards from particulate matter.

Stephen SmithGlasgow – I was delighted to see you categorizing me as part of a “edge” sector (UK music streaming reaches a high note despite Covid’s lows, Jan. 4), but I would have preferred the “discerning.” epithet.

Some of us have never stopped buying LPs. Gordon Blunt Market Harborough, Leicestershire- “Voice notes” are not the sole invention of the always-online iGen youth (Covid has made ‘voice notes’ the ideal way to stay connected, Jan. 3).

Grumpy old baby boomers can even do voice memos – it was called “leaving a message on an answering machine” only in my day. “Robert FrazerSalford, Lancashire, Lancashire.”


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