A Christmas Scandal!

All over KIV we’ve got these little barricades called “burns” (however you spell it) which are basically heaps of dirt designed to absorb explosive or small arms impacts, where one may clear a weapon or hide behind in case shit goes down. The day after Thanksgiving, one prominent burn started getting festive.

First, somebody stuck a tiny Christmas tree on it. Then someone else added a mini-Santa and some mints. Then a lollipop ice rink appeared. And so on – random people throughout the KIV kept adding stuff to the top of this burn. Now it’s a full-on Christmas village, a completely organic creation – no “Burn Christmas Village Committee who meet on Wednesday mornings” necessary!

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The KIV Christmas Village!

Being a weirdo, I decided to add my own existential diorama of the horrors of war and the redemptive power of love – in candy-cane form – to the burn:

Because war is bad. See how they're walking away from the candy carnage and toward the heart? It's deep!
Because war is bad. See how they’re walking away from the candy carnage and toward the heart? It’s deep!

It was all good fun…until someone decided to be a jerk and steal Christmas Yoda!

Alright, who ruined Christmas? Fess up and accept your Code Red like a man.
Alright, who ruined Christmas? Fess up and accept your Code Red like a man.

This injustice will not stand. Hopefully the perpetrator will do the right thing, return Christmas Yoda, and then assume position in the stocks we keep next to the gym for public shaming whenever it’s needed.

But something tells me the KIV Christmas Village will survive this tragedy somehow. Strong in us the Christmas Spirit is.

3 thoughts on “A Christmas Scandal!”

  1. Shana, I’m sooo out of touch. I didn’t know you were in Afghanistan until recently. I also received your Christmas letter and learned you are an author. Wow you are a very interesting woman! I’m ordering that book today.

    This blog is very descriptive. I like the way you swat away any fear with your own brand of irreverent humor. But, I truly understand your environment and how dangerous it really is. It can become even more dangerous once you start to feel too comfortable. I’m sure you already understand what I mean. Keep safe and Merry Christmas, Uncle Paul

    1. The original Yoda was, unfortunately, not returned. Someone put up a replacement Yoda, though, and no one stole that one! At least one Yoda made it through Christmas.

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