Silent night, unholy night, how can we be calm while so many die?
Pardon me for not celebrating this holiday season. You go ahead, by all means. Celebrate being with your families; celebrate the retreat of the dark Alaskan night; celebrate your faith in any way you wish. After all, this is America, right?
Yes, please celebrate, but as you do, remember that many families in Alaska, in the United States and in the rest of the world (yes, there are families out there) are separated right now because of military activity across the globe. Thousands of families will never be reunited.
My son and I have chosen not to celebrate this season with our traditional customs while my husband is serving in Iraq. Instead, we are spreading a message of awareness and a vision of peace in 2006. So yes, go ahead and celebrate. As you rush around to find that last perfect gift, as you trim your tree, and as you polish off a holiday dinner with your family, take a moment to remember those who will not have holiday (or even everyday) comforts this year, and let's bring them home where they belong.
Kristin Mabry and Ben Rupe