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Hopes under the tree

Simon Parke

by Simon Parke

Posted: 20 Dec 2013 @ 12:26

"CHRISTMAS waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful," Norman Vincent Peale said, and his words will either make you misty-eyed or nauseous. So what is Christmas about? If Christmas does what it says on the tin, then what should it say on the tin?

One reality of Christmas is the longing not for a saviour, but a dream. I sit with a woman who speaks wistfully; she wants to get back to how Christmas used to be. But, as her story unfolds, it ...

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Fri 28 Nov 14 @ 12:51
Our interview from 2009 with PD James, who died yesterday http://t.co/2v7CmTwt6C http://t.co/NFJ6oISDBf

Fri 28 Nov 14 @ 12:14
Our editor has disloyally written for the Guardian's comment page today. However, it is pretty good. On Black Friday: http://t.co/tHWHa4X9y0