I don't know how old you are, Ann, but I'm 83, and I have seen Britain change from a mighty Imperial power on which the sun never set. where my mother washed all the clothes by hand and wrung out in the back yard with a mangle, a toilet out in tha back of the yard and no hot water. We went to thye pictures then, and watched Fred Astaire dance with Ginger Rogers in a miraculous land of big cars and night clubs. But the war came and all that changed. It's still changing. Gone are the friendly get togethers with friends out in the street. They had something called Halloween in America, where the kids dressed up as zombies, witches or ghosts and got sweets that they called candy, and somehow it caught on in Britain long after I had left for Canada and the US. America never forced Britain to take up Halloween. You had Guy Fawkes night a few nights later, why did you need Halloween? You took up Black Friday, which is the day following Thanksgiving Thursday and marks the beginning of Christmas sales in America. You don't do Thanksgiving , so why Black Friday. No, you are being hoodwinked by your own big businesses and blaming America for it. There is still a strong isolationist element in American society whih believes in America for Americans and nobody else. I don't subscrbe to that and think it right for us to help others in the world not as liucky as we are. I think, despite everything this is a much better time to be raising families here or over there than it ever was before. Many many of us have at least one car in the family, central heating, bathrooms. Good luck, Ann, and a Happy New Year.