The Castro brothers have a tradition of beating children and stealing toys at Christmas time. Three Kings Day also known as the Epiphany was observed last year by the regime in Cuba with detentions of children, the homes of activists stoned, and death threats.
On Christmas day 2011 three Ladies in White Leticia Ramos Herrería, age 42, Sayma Lamas, age 43, and Elizabeth Pacheco Lamas, age 20 were beaten up and detained by state security agents. State security agents punched and kicked the women and stopped them from attending Christmas Mass.
During the prior month of December, the independent press agency Hablemos Press documented 853 arbitrary detentions in Cuba.
Cuban communists ended Christmas in 1969 and was only returned to the Cuban people when Pope John Paul II negotiated for it in conversations surrounding his 1998 visit to Cuba. Despite the formal return of Christmas, repression still takes place over the holidays on the tropical island. State Security does not go on holiday.
It can be said that the Castro regime is as green as the Grinch who stole Christmas, but unlike the Grinch the Castro brothers have not reformed themselves.