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Muslim Guy Celebrating His First Christmas Shares His Observations On Twitter, And They’re Hilariously Accurate
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Muslim Guy Celebrating His First Christmas Shares His Observations On Twitter, And They’re Hilariously Accurate

Christian families instill Christmas traditions into their children really early in their lives—by the time we become rational adults, we don’t question the ceremonies. We follow the etiquette, devoted, like members of a royal family, knowing precisely what responsibility each of us has. But what if you’re not Christian? What if last Christmas, you just ordered Popeyes and watched a movie, but this year, the pandemic trapped you and your roommates together? You could dissociate yourself from the holiday season… Or you could approach it with anthropological precision and share your observations on Twitter. Mohammad Hussain, who found himself in precisely such a situation, chose the latter. And over 300,000 people liked it.

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“I want to applaud longtime Christmas celebrators,” Hussain concluded. “This is a lot of work and very tiring. I will say I am having a very pleasant time.”

Hussain, who works as a special assistant in the office of the Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, asked people to celebrate Christmas with him by donating to charities to help families through this particularly tough season. He suggested two in the Toronto area, near where he grew up: Milton Halal Food Bank and Parkdale Food Centre.

Mohammad told HuffPost Canada he’s glad that this story has resonated with so many people and hopefully brought a smile to people in a year we sorely need more smiles.

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Here’s what people said after reading Mohammad’s thread

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 year ago

1. This is really cute. 2. 90% of commentors seem like assholes, nobody cares about your opinion, sit down.

tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

Thank you, someone had to say it.

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Mohammad Ammar
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1 year ago

I remember being inspired by Christmas gift giving when I was 9, so I tried it out by getting my sister's gifts on Eid, lol. I can't see myself doing that every year, it's such a high maintenance tradition. I also find secret santas stressfull, buying gifts for relatives and friend's is hard enough, and now I'm suposed to get something for that boy whose name I just found out. I love Christmas lights though, so pretty!

loriab2004
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1 year ago

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Mohammad Ammar yes

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 year ago

I can relate to this! I grew up in a secular Muslim household, first generation Americans so we really had no clue about Christmas. My parents would get me gifts just so I wouldn’t feel left out from my friends but nobody knew much about the traditions. When I grew up I went Christmas crazy. To me it’s obvious that Christmas doesn’t and never did have shït to do with religion. It’s a holiday for presents, Santa, snow and lights. Those are the true meaning of Christmas. I’m obsessed with giving and receiving gifts, so it works out that I just love Christmas. It’s kind of the only thing I liked about winter for years. Middle eastern people - don’t miss out on Christmas! Santa looks A LOT like Hajji Firuz.

Ozacoter
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1 year ago

Xmas is based on previous pagan traditions like Saturnalia or Yule. So don’t let any Christian fundamentalist tell you that you can’t celebrate it. There is nothing inherently Christian about the festivity. Enjoy it!

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Lord Mysticlaw
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1 year ago

1. This is really cute. 2. 90% of commentors seem like assholes, nobody cares about your opinion, sit down.

tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

Thank you, someone had to say it.

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Mohammad Ammar
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1 year ago

I remember being inspired by Christmas gift giving when I was 9, so I tried it out by getting my sister's gifts on Eid, lol. I can't see myself doing that every year, it's such a high maintenance tradition. I also find secret santas stressfull, buying gifts for relatives and friend's is hard enough, and now I'm suposed to get something for that boy whose name I just found out. I love Christmas lights though, so pretty!

loriab2004
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1 year ago

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Mohammad Ammar yes

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 year ago

I can relate to this! I grew up in a secular Muslim household, first generation Americans so we really had no clue about Christmas. My parents would get me gifts just so I wouldn’t feel left out from my friends but nobody knew much about the traditions. When I grew up I went Christmas crazy. To me it’s obvious that Christmas doesn’t and never did have shït to do with religion. It’s a holiday for presents, Santa, snow and lights. Those are the true meaning of Christmas. I’m obsessed with giving and receiving gifts, so it works out that I just love Christmas. It’s kind of the only thing I liked about winter for years. Middle eastern people - don’t miss out on Christmas! Santa looks A LOT like Hajji Firuz.

Ozacoter
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1 year ago

Xmas is based on previous pagan traditions like Saturnalia or Yule. So don’t let any Christian fundamentalist tell you that you can’t celebrate it. There is nothing inherently Christian about the festivity. Enjoy it!

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