At the beginning of December as I was already in the festive mood. Without fail every year, I’ve had the disapproving comments and prejudice opinions forced upon me. What a bunch of grinch! “Your Muslim it’s haram. It’s not very religious of you to celebrate Christmas. What are you Christian now? We don’t say merry! It’s in vain!” Blah di blah blah blah!!! My response always is? “What now? Oh what a prejudice opinion and your negative impact is bordering on discrimination.” Honestly, I swear these people just say these things just to make you feel bad and they feel empowered by passing on the knowledge of ignorance. I’m quite of an argumentative person when I feel certain bah-hamburg need to be wizened up. Thus, I start with a litany of my experiences of why I celebrate Christmas so joyfully and educate them of humanity by accepting everyone for how they are and what they believe. Don’t be judgemental – works great too.
As a Bengali and a Muslim I find the holiday season of Christmas… exhilarating! Furthermore, I believe that all religion especially Islam is accepting of other traditions, culture and values. But certain people are ready to always tarnish the image of celebration or create a negative effect by injecting unwarranted verbal attacks.
To me I’m not dictated or influenced by the religion or tradition of the festivities. As much as my believes are my own I have never implemented them onto anyone. Therefore, my enthusiasm is a product of the environment I’ve been raised at and surrounded by the multicultural society. Growing up, christmas was and still continues to be my favourite holiday. The people gathering, joys of merriment, buying and gifting loved ones is fulfilling, the festive songs simply puts you in the best of moods. Why wouldn’t I want to be in the happy spirit of all the positive vibe of all my loved ones and the people that celebrate it.
Growing up I was surrounded by teachers who nurtured my love for Christmas as I watched them get excited to craft up handmade activities, singing carols at shows and assemblies, parties with the school, dancing and games where just a way of counting down the days till we break up for the Christmas holiday. It was fantastic, I took away my teachers festive and creative’s spirit. Which is now evident more so now then ever when I’m working in the early years. Teaching the children what I learnt growing up is the most joyful and triumphant feeling. Oh and my love for paper chain is to another level… to a point where one or two of my colleagues will be like “OH NO, PAPERCHAINS!?”
Oh and let’s not forget the Christmas Tree. How I love the smell off a natures creation. Albeit, I don’t mind the artificial or the real one. This year I got my first Christmas tree at home as I always decorate the room with candles and fairy lights to build up the ambiance. I bought the multi coloured changing fibre light tree… I couldn’t be more happier. My little humans at work loved it and now it’s perched in my house with all the thoughful gifts my friends and family gave me.
And let’s not forget when we were young and on holiday we visited or had relatives visit us during the holidays. We watched one Christmas movie after another, had feasts up on feasts and have been very joyful.
Soooooo, as you can read it’s all environmental and infused by families off the same yet different cultural background.
This year as every year, I prioritised to do festive activities by going ice skating with my friends, visiting the christmas markets, having various food, christmas tree shopping and help decorating my friends by dancing around the christmas tree. Not only that – I have started my own YouTube channel and documented Vlogmas. Check it out, my channel is called The Mumtaz Edit.
- Vlogmas Week 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6nFGd9CSVo&t=9s
- Vlogmas Week 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXDAQrEVEaU&t=962s
- Vlogmas Week 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7kxnCu2Tik
- Vlogmas Week 4 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kbhlncus9c8
Christmas is a very important holiday in my life and spending it with my family and friends is just as imperative – Tis the season y’all.
So please be mindful how you approach other cultures of different believes and don’t judge them. Listen and understand why they do what they do. Don’t criticise or enforce opinions based without reasons.
For some Christmas doesn’t entail religious beliefs but gathering together as family and friends. By being in the most of love, care and sharing those emotions of feeling alive.
Let someone be happy and enjoy life. My plan for tomorrow is to cook a meal with my dad and enjoy it with the family.
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and remember spread kindness. As positive changes begin with you first.