Newtown observed Christmas amid snow-covered teddy bears, stockings, flowers and candles left in memorial to the 20 children and six educators gunned down at an elementary school just 11 days before the holiday.
The outpouring of support for this community continued through Christmas Eve, with visitors arriving at town hall with offerings of cards, handmade snowflakes and sympathy.
"We know that they'll feel loved. They'll feel that somebody actually cares," said Treyvon Smalls, a 15-year-old from a few towns away who arrived bearing hundreds of cards and paper snowflakes collected from around the state. . .
1. There is no greater loss, nor a worse time of the year to suffer that loss!
I lost my 3 1/2 year old on 12/21/1993, and though I can enjoy the Christmas season again, I will always wonder about what might have been. The parents agony, yes agony, will have to run its course. These parents should not have had to suffer, nor these children and brave educators have had to die, just so others can blast away longer w/o reloading, not have to wait long or pass stringent background checks... to get an assault weapon. Maybe we should remove kids from families for a month while they pass a cooling off period to get their AR-15! Just saying! My heart goes out to all of those poor families. You cannot imagine the hell. My marriage did not survive it!