Merry Christmas!

I’m visiting relatives who have dial-up, so blogging has been light and will continue to be light until Monday.

Which is fine, because IT’S CHRISTMAS!

So head over to Thank a Soldier Week and leave some holiday wishes with your thank-you note, then check out the Officers’ Club post on the 50th anniversary of NORAD tracking Santa on Christmas Eve, then get back to your friends and family. But man, take it easy on that eggnog.

Finally, I know that a number of MO readers are deployed overseas and away from their families this holiday season. To you, especially, I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to you for what you do for me and my family. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Words cannot express our feelings. You make America great.


  1. Happy holidays! And here’s how they celebrate Christmas in Iraq: ‘We used to celebrate this occasion by praying, and hundreds of believers would gather and wish each other well in the church lobby,’ said Father Boutros Haddad, the priest at the church in Baghdad’s predominantly Christian neighborhood. ‘But we’ve stopped this because of the security situation.’ Yet another somber Christmas is rolling by for Iraq’s roughly 600,000 Christians, who enjoyed relative freedom under Saddam, but now live in fear of attacks from increasingly powerful Islamist groups and militias. Since Saddam’s downfall, churches have been bombed, Christian-run liquor stores attacked and many more in the small community killed or kidnapped. […] ‘I didn’t see any of my regular customers this year because many of them left Iraq after the bombing of churches last year,’ said 43-year old Sajid Rasool Shakir, who has been selling Christmas trees in Baghdad every year for years. At least 20 people were killed in attacks on churches in Baghdad and Mosul in the latter half of 2004. Gone is all sense of joy. […] For the third year in a row, Baghdad’s night-time curfew will make such celebrations impossible. ‘We pray for peace in Iraq this year, but we do it out of duty and not joy,’ said Hikmat. ‘We are chained to sadness, we need peace more than ever.’ From Reuters: I hope all our prayers are with them. A

  2. Aaron: This isn’t a ‘Happy Holidays’ post, it’s a ‘Merry Christmas’ post. But as I’ll assume you only meant it in the kindest way, I’m taking it as such. I’ve tried to get your attention on a couple of other posts after you’ve commented, but you usually appear to drop in, fire off some half-cocked talking point, and then wander away. I’m hoping that you will help define the ‘pattern’ of news releases following the ‘mass US casualty reports’ that you so helpfully pointed out two weeks ago. I posted on it but I still await your feedback on your own talking point. Merry Christmas.