How did you spend your Christmas? Were you imbibing in Star Magazine’s year-in-review issue and studiously monitoring shipments of the Nintendo Wii on iTrackr, like me? If so, then congrats, you’re now officially less of a humanitarian than Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Unlike selfish, superficial jerks like us, they spent Christmas Day hosting Colombian refugee families in Costa Rica. Jolie summed up her reasons for the trip to People Magazine:
“The conflict in Colombia is the greatest humanitarian tragedy in the Western Hemisphere, but it receives very little international attention … My Christmas message to Colombian refugees and to the millions of displaced people in Colombia is that the world has not totally forgotten them.”</div></blockquote>
OK, I already knew that Jolie, a Sneden’s Landing native, is a goodwill ambassador for the UN High Commission for Refugees and has always been giving of her holidays. But I always kind of assumed that those Thanksgiving trips to Pakistan (2005) and Cambodia (2006) were essentially just excuses to scout for new siblings for Maddox, Zahara, and Shiloh. Not this time, though.
No adoptions are in the works, the Colombian compassion was genuine, and, well — if I still insist on feeling superior to Brangelina (which I do), I’ll have to confine myself joking about her many lower-back tattoos.
(AP Photos/UNHCR/Boris Heger)