Santa Claus killings: Does the holiday season make people violent? – Slate Magazine

Santa Claus killings: Does the holiday season make people violent? – Slate Magazine.

Beware the Mistletoe

Does the holiday season drive people to violence?

A man dressed as Santa Claus is alleged to have shot and killed six members of his family and then himself on Christmas morning in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. Films such as Die Hard, Black Christmas and Silent Night, Bloody Night depict Christmas violence, and there’s a widespread (though unfounded) belief that people become emotionally disturbed over the holidays. Is the Christmas season really that dangerous a time?

No. In fact, December turns out to be one of the least violent months of the year.
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