December 26, 2011

The Spirit of Christmas… Is it really dead?

suicide-bombers

Christmas Day normally evokes images of children shrieking in delight under a tree overflowing with presents, a dinner table overflowing with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and tons and tons of gravy.

Normally.

Unfortunately, this year like every year, some people obviously didn’t get the memo.

In Baghdad a suicide bomber blew up himself, killed five others and wounded dozens of others at the interior ministry.

In the northern Afghanistan province of Takhar a suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral service, killing 20 people and injuring more than 50 others.

In Nigeria followers of so-called “Religion of Peace”, The Boko Haram Islamist sect, decided Christmas Day was the perfect day to murder more Christians.  They bombed three churches, and another suicide bomber that may or may not be linked to them killed four security officers when he detonated his explosives.

In Grapevine, Texas, one family member apparently didn’t like his or her present, and murdered the rest of the family in front of the Christmas Tree before taking his or her own life.

Much closer to home, lest we good Canadians start thinking of ourselves as superior to any of the above lunatics, a 38-year-old Toronto man stabbed a Toronto woman repeatedly and then tossed her off a third-storey balcony.  She survived the fall to the sidewalk that broke her pelvis and is now in critical condition in hospital.

In Surrey, British Columbia, someone shot a 54-year-old woman who was “known to police” on Christmas Day.

After all that, I’ll forgive you if you are feeling just a little depressed!

Fortunately, there is still some Christmas Spirit left in the world.

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