Peace on Earth?

Tis the season to be jolly!  At least that is what some of you tried to convince yourselves as you were out before dawn on Black Friday trying to beat the hordes to the one item that Wal-Mart or Best Buy had on sale for next to nothing.  There are all kinds of stories in the news like this one from Fox News--
According to the Manatee County sheriff's report, 37-year-old Thomas Edward Lackie was arrested last week after he threw a 3-foot Christmas tree at his father. The tree missed, but Lackie then tried to use the steel base from the tree to strike his father. His father and mother were able to grab Lackie's arms to prevent the attack. Deputies say the tree could have caused serious injuries because the metal base weighs about five pounds. Lackie was charged with felony assault.

Someone needs to take a chill pill and a refresher course on "the reason for the season." Trying to brain your father with a Christmas tree seems is a fairly egregious violation of the "peace on earth and good will toward men" that this time of year is supposed to be about.  Perhaps someone went a wassailing a wee bit early?

The pastoral winter scenes that mark many of our Christmas cards belie the fact that this season is the most stressful, hurried and harried time of the year for many people.  Christmas shopping for an every expanding list of gifts, spending money you don't have on stuff we don't need for people who already have everything-- that's not the way to peace on earth or anywhere else. 

If there really is a reason for the season, surely it's not making sure Wal-Mart has a happy new year.