AS children growing up in Geneva, Switzerland, my sister Jamelah and I always celebrated Christmas, as our parents allowed us to get a Christmas tree and buy each other presents. It was a secular and commercial celebration of the birth of Christ, because as Muslims we were not supposed to be marking such an event. But surrounded as we were by friends at school and the culture at wide that both celebrated Christmas, our parents felt it unwise to deprive us of the fun part of the holiday.
Our Christmas celebrations stopped when I was around 12, my mother telling us that we were both old enough now to understand why Muslims don’t celebrate Christmas.
I still have a small Christmas tree at home and celebrate the day with my friends and relatives.
The whole controversy in the US over some major retailers telling their employees that they can’t greet shoppers “Merry Christmas”, but instead are instructed to say “Happy Holidays”, is political correctness gone mad!
Christmas Related Cuteness: I just saw the cute Christmas card above on the Net and wanted to share it with my readers. If you’d like to order some from the trendy US website Kate’s Paperie click here.