Muslim Man Celebrating Christmas Because of Lockdown Goes Viral With His 'Observations' | 22 Words

A Muslim man has recently come out with "observations" after celebrating Christmas for the first time with his roommates and the internet can't get enough...

For a lot of us, Christmas is the best way to mark the end of yet another year.

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It’s truly the most magical time of year.

There's a lot to love about the festivities.

Stuffing our faces with food, gift-giving, spending time with loved ones... the list goes on. And even though it might be slightly different this year due to the virus, we're still feeling pretty festive.

But what is the true meaning of Christmas?

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Of course, we know that the festivities have links to Christianity and the birth of Jesus but in recent years, especially in the West, it has become a somewhat secular tradition.

People of all faiths get involved in the celebrations...

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From participating in Secret Santa to having their own version of a Christmas dinner, it has really become a celebration for the masses.

And with the pandemic still pretty much in full force...

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Some people have been forced to stay put for the holidays. Rather than spending it with their families, they're making the best of a bad situation and celebrating it with others.

One Muslim man celebrated his first Christmas with his roommates this year.

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Mohammed Hussain decided to give a bit of an insight into what happens; the perfect list of "observations" for those of us who may not traditionally celebrate it.

Now, Muslims do believe in the importance of Jesus...

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As stated in the Quran, he is considered an important religious figure, but they don't celebrate Christmas like Christians do. So that's why Mohammad's findings have been pretty interesting for other Muslims to read.

He posted a list of 8 things that he found about the preparation period leading up to the big day.

And of course, upon reading it, positive comments of encouragement poured in for him, and some even included tips to make his first celebration amazing.

Okay, so without further ado, let's get into it.

Mohammad started off his thread by giving everyone some background information on his current situation, writing: "Growing up, my Muslim family never celebrated Christmas. This year I am not going home, because pandemic, so my roommates are teaching me how to have my first proper Christmas." Here are all of his observations.

1. "Christmas is a part-time job that you have from mid-November to the end of December."

"From the outside looking in, Christmas always seemed pretty simple. I always thought you put up a tree and then gave gifts to family. This is a lie."

He continued:

"Do you want to sleep in on a Saturday? Too bad. Go put up some lights inside the house. Oh, you want to sleep in on Sunday? Too bad. Go put up some lights outside the house. Next weekend? Nope. Every free moment you have will be spent agonizing over the gifts you must buy." Sounds hectic.

2. "People have very strong feelings about their Christmas traditions."

"If someone is insisting that *certain food* is what you have to eat Christmas morning, because that's their family tradition, DO NOT SUGGEST ALTERNATIVES. They will stab you in the neck," he joked.

3. You can buy yourself a gift but you can't stuff your own stocking.

I didn't understand this one either, but I'm glad it's not just me. "I don't understand this one," Mohammad said. "But I told my roommate I bought stuff for my stocking and they said that's 'not a thing.' I don't care. I bought myself mint chapstick and I will fake surprise."

4. "Your gift budget does not matter."

"You can set this budget as high as you want but the perfect gift will always be $10 too expensive. There is no winning. Just give up." It might just be best not to set those kinds of restrictions...

5. "There are 2 streams of Christmas ornaments. The 'fillers' and the 'keepers'."

"The fillers are the generic ones," he explained. "The keepers are meant to be more special and unique. This second stream is stored in your family's reliquary to be one day passed on to the children."

He then added this little personal note:

We love that piece of decor, and I'm sure, one day, his kid will too.

6. "ORNAMENTS ARE EXPENSIVE."

Capitalism back at it again. "That cost me $15.99. That's more than three everything bagels. I am furious. For what it cost, you best believe that I am insisting that it be passed on to my great-grandchildren. If they break it I will haunt them." I don't blame you, Mohammad.

7. "The religious aspect of Christmas is optional."

"I really like this one. If I was to suggest having a secular Ramadan to my mother she would have a heart attack. I will however be trying to get my family to do a Secret Santa for Eid. The name's being workshopped." Ramadan is a sacred time for Muslims, and it's all about sacrifice and being appreciative of what you have, kind of how Christians see Christmas and Lent. A lot of non-Muslims also choose to fast over that period as it is beneficial for their health and trust me, it's just as endearing as a Muslim celebrating Christmas.

8. "You need a 'menu.'"

"Yeah... This one is where they lost me. Last Christmas my family ordered Popeyes and watched a movie. My roommate has an entire menu with wine pairings and desserts planned." A menu is pretty helpful, to be honest.

He ended the thread with this:

"To wrap things up I want to applaud longtime Christmas celebrators." Same. In my family, we just about get a Christmas dinner and some board games sorted and that's tiring enough. So hats off to you guys that manage to pull off the full shebang.

Merry Christmas, guys!

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All of us here at 22 Words wish you the best for the upcoming year. If you're in the mood for more festive news, keep scrolling...