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On Christmas, Eid, and Tolerant Muslim Children

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It's that time of year again where my Christian family and friends are about to celebrate Christmas! As a Muslim, I won't pretend that I don't love to see bright lights...decorations...and generally speaking people becoming more generous and nice.

Pre-Islam, Christmas was always my favorite time of the year, interesting since my family and I were among the few Christians who didn't celebrate the holiday. I won't get into detail about the why...different post for a different time. In any case, the movies, music, and wrapped gifts were something that I loved as a child.

I remembered longing to be a part of that tradition. I wanted a Christmas tree soooooooo bad. Most importantly, I wanted my favorite gifts delivered by Santa, placed perfectly beneath the tree.

Yet, my parents never gave in to the pressure that we felt as children to participate. Our faith, in their opinion, dictated that Christmas was not to be celebrated, and we would follow these rules too.

Now, I&…