Tuesday, December 20, 2016

I won't stop going to the Christmas Market

Kiernan Majerus-Collins / youthjournalism.org
The Edinburgh Christmas Market in Edinburgh, Scotland.
By Kiernan Majerus-Collins
Senior Correspondent
EDINBURGH, Scotland – I've been to the Christmas market in Edinburgh several times in recent weeks.
It's a festive, joyful place, full of tasty food, carnival rides, and holiday shops. I've seen families with young children, college kids on dates, groups of friends – it’s a place where everyone can enjoy the Christmas season.

Kiernan Majerus-Collins / youthjournalism.org
Flags fly at half staff in Scotland for victims of 
terrorist attack in Berlin, Germany
that killed 12 
people and injured many more.
My heart breaks for the victims of last night's terrorist attack at Berlin's Christmas market. To have a place of happiness and light transformed into a scene of death and destruction is awful.
I hope, however, that we won't respond to this attack and others like it with fear.
The world can be more secure, but that security must not come at a cost of the things that make life worth living.
For my part, I'll be going back to Edinburgh's Christmas market later this week.
I will never stop believing in the power of hope, love, and joy – especially at Christmas.

Kiernan Majerus-Collins / youthjournalism.org
The Edinburgh Christmas Market, with St. Giles' Cathedral in the background.
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