Christmas is a time when happy families get together to express just how happy they are.
Parents spend their last dime to buy their way into kids' graces, while the kids are only happy if they can show off the fruits of their loving labors to their friends.
Things don't always work out harmoniously, however.
In the Brockton, Mass., home of the Torres family, there was allegedly some familial strife.
As The Enterprise reports, police say that 18-year-old Alexander Torres didn't feel like Alexander the Great. The reason? He didn't get an iPhone for Christmas.
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In previous years, eccentric Twitterer Jon Hendren has cataloged the pain some teens feel when Santa doesn't slip their desired item down the chimney and into their needy hands.
In this case, Brockton police Lt. Bruce Zeidman told The Enterprise: "The suspect was fighting with everyone in the house and he pulled out a knife on his father."
I am assuming that it wasn't that the young man received a phone, but not an iPhone. I am assuming that he received no phone at all, but would have ideally liked an iPhone.
However, to be charged -- as he has been -- with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery and malicious damage to a motor vehicle seems a touch beyond the worth of any phone.
Torres' father was reportedly uninjured, but one of his stepbrothers ended up in the hospital, for reasons unknown.
Life can be magical and revolutionary, but it doesn't always give you what you want.
Dealing with that is one of the most difficult, but rewarding lessons you can learn.