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(San Diego, as with most American cities, reports 2009's Christmas
season has been the worst since the invention of buying and selling!)
Saturday, December 20, 2008: Americans in their annual last minute shopping ritual on this day - retailer's second busiest day of the year - will be scrambling to again honor their prince of peace with another sacrifice of material giving and getting. Christmas 2008 may unwittingly be the wind down, or end, of a timeless tradition while meantime, in the birth land of their savior...
....a convoy of blue-and-white United Nations trucks loaded with food wait for Israeli permission to enter Gaza as Jindiya Abu Amra and her 12-year-old daughter scrounge for the wild grass their family now lives on.
"We had one meal today — khobbeizeh," said Abu Amra, 43, showing the leaves of a plant that grows along the streets of Gaza. "Every day, I wake up and start looking for wood and plastic to burn for fuel and I beg. When I find nothing, we eat this grass."