I drove past the food bank today. The parking lot was full. There didn't seem to be any shame or embarrassment on the faces of the people (375,000 every month in Ontario) going in with rumbling stomachs or coming out carrying big boxes. Their faces looked stoic and steadfast and sure, yet I imagined that their hearts had lost all hope of normalcy at this time of year. They had accepted the fact that they needed to use this service. But what about the gifts? What about the appetizers and liquor and their ChateauOnlineorder and imported beer on Christmas Eve? Were they counting calories or lamenting on which Manolo's to purchase for that '2 hour office party'? It's ironic. They want people to spend to move the economy, but people need an income first in order to shop. Christmas puts massive amounts of pressure on needy families. It should be outlawed - to celebrate Christmas in your own community if others are suffering. It should be banned. I can not express my utter disbelief of the religious contradiction here: Would a true Christian take while others have nothing? Would a true believer accept gifts while others receive another eviction notice or electric bill warning? Here in lies my distaste for the holidays. I thought is was about everyone coming together to celebrate the birth of Christ. Not greed and gluttony and grief. I drove past the food bank today.