Ilkeston - Shop Windows At Christmas
w/e 12 December 2004
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Many places and organisations in the UK have taken political correctness to the extreme and have banned Nativity scenes, festive decorations and prohibited staff from enjoying Christmas lunches. They have also curtailed the advertising of carol services as well as several other draconian measures. Some stores have even decided not to have a grotto for children to visit Santa Claus as this takes up valuable retail space. When challenged the reason most commonly given is that it is believed that Christmas celebrations are offensive to followers of religions other than Christianity. Surely by the same reasoning they should be banning festivals such as the Hindu and Sikh Diwali, the Jewish Hanukkah and the Muslim Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan as these are offensive to Christians. But are any of these celebrations, including Christmas, "offensive"? I think not. I read that the following words come from a holy book: “Behold (O Mary!),” the Angel said, “God has chosen you, and purified you, and chosen you above the women of all nations. O Mary, God gives you good news of a word from Him, whose name shall be the Christ (Masih or Messiah).” That holy book is not the Bible but the Muslims' Koran. So why would Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus, offend Muslims? Islam acknowledges Jesus as a great prophet and like the Jews who do not accept that Jesus was the son of God, their religions teach similar values of love and peace. In the UK all faiths are able to live in harmony side by side and respect each others beliefs. I ask again then, "How can Christmas be offensive to anyone?" Fortunately, Ilkeston along with the majority of towns in the UK is holding on to tradition as can be seen throughout the town and there is just as much Christmas cheer as in previous years.

Wreaths and Trees

Holly wreaths and fir trees are much in evidence in two shops on South Street as Christmas approaches and many shop windows throughout the town are decorated in keeping with the festive season.
The Butcher

The butcher, also in South Street, has posters advertising traditional Christmas fare including chickens, ducks, beef, pork, hams and of course, fresh turkeys. Boards on the pavement in front of his shop detail many more of his products and all say that orders are now being taken.
The Baker

It's a similar story across the road too at the baker's where some traditional Christmas decorations surround the cakes, breads and pastries on offer. Come Christmas Eve and shoppers will be queueing outside the shop to pick up their produce which will be flying off the shelves like hot cakes (excuse the pun).
All Ages

The butcher, the baker and not quite the candlestick maker but a candle or two would not be out of place in the dinner party setting that graces one of the windows in the Co-Op store. This is obviously aimed at a more adult sophisticated generation than the window in the same store packed with toys to excite and enchant the younger members of the town. There is a grotto in the store and Santa will be visiting each Saturday to meet the children.

Meanwhile on Bath Street, this is just one of several shops selling cards and Christmas novelties to enable the season's greetings to be sent to families, friends and neighbours both near and far.
The Christmas Shop

And further down Bath Street, one trader has taken up temporary residence in a vacant shop to sell all manner of decorations in the lead up to Christmas. Christmas is offensive? Bah! Humbug!

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