CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago couple’s attempt to process their grief about the Sandy Hook school massacre three years ago has become a poignant holiday tradition.
Outside their two-flat in Edgewater, artists Laura Gilmore and Caro D’Offay have erected a giant letter to Santa Claus, complete with an 8-foot-tall pencil, a 5-foot wide plate of cookies, and a huge glass of milk.
The first built the display in December 2012, not long after a gunman killed 20 students and 6 staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“Pretty depressed about Sandy Hook shooting; we thought it was difficult to celebrate Christmas with the regular Christmas message, so we thought we’d make something that spoke to violence in an uplifting way. I mean, as uplifting as you can be in a situation like that,” D’Offay said.