Christmas time isn’t just a time of celebration for Christians, it’s also a special day to us Muslims as well! Well, a lot of people might not agree with me; some would say, “Well it ain’t your holiday, you don’t hold the same beliefs, stick to your Eid.”, others would say, “You sure do love Jesus, but you shouldn’t celebrate Christmas.”, while rest of the world might think, “We don’t give a damn about what you do and don’t believe in, we just love Christmas ‘coz of the lights and the food.”
But deep inside, I’ve loved Christmas since I was a child, and me and my family have always celebrated this day like it’s another “Eid” for us.
Sure, we don’t get to have an XMas Tree, or do any lighting decorations, or even exchange any gifts (boooo), but me and my fam have always made special plans for this day and this time was no different. So, come on and see a little glimpse of how a cute little Muslim family celebrated Christmas.
Sharing the Love With our Christian Bros:
Where I live we don’t get to meet many Christians families around us. So when I come across some I always make sure they feel we’re part of the same brotherhood (which we actually ARE; don’t forget we also love Jesus as much as you do, duh). So lucky for me, where I’ve moved (to my new home) we have a Christian fam living right near us. When the day started we took some delicious sweets and gifted it to them in a nice little box (wrapped up real cute with a ribbon and all).
My family loves it when we make people smile, it’s a part of our Life Mantra, “Your day isn’t complete until you’ve made someone smile.” Therefore it warmed my heart when their Mom and Sis hugged me real tight. ❤ It got me off to a perfect start of a great day.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens:
WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS THAN WATCHING STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS ON PREMIERE DAY!!! *FANGIRLINGGGG*!!!
Yesssss, Star Wars The Force Awakens premiered yesterday in Pakistan, and I had the honor of watching it on the First Day, First Show! Thanks to me for booking my seats early. :3
Please don’t judge me when I say I had never seen the Star Wars franchise. I always wanted to catch up but I never found the time! So I had to watch all 6 parts just recently (10 days ago) because I wanted to be up-to-date when I see TFA. And oh boy, was I missing out. Now whenever I hear the Star Wars theme music I get a mini “Fangasm”.
I’ll do a detailed review of the original trilogy, the prequels and The Force Awakens some other day, but right now let’s just talk about the overall experience!
First of all, let me just say that I had NO idea that us Pakistanis are as passionate about Star Wars just like the rest of the world. I was surprised by the turnout at the theater (house-full, baby) but what surprised me the most was the fandom!
People came all dressed up, wearing Darth Vader merchandise, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi pajamas, guys wearing Han Solo jackets, girls having Princess Leia hair-dos. I was feeling quite under-dressed.
They were the reason I enjoyed this experience SO MUCH. They were an amazing crowd to watch the movie with. During the show every cheer and applause on the call-backs to the original trilogy were filled with so much excitement, energy and pure JOY, it felt like the Force was pretty strong with all of us 😀
Now, as for the movie itself.
SHUT UP HATERS, THIS MOVIE ROCKED!
How can you call yourself a movie fan, let alone a Star Wars fan when you don’t appreciate the infinite amount of effort (and love) the team has put into rebuilding this franchise? If you rewatch the original trilogy, they too had some flaws. They weren’t perfect, and the same goes for TFA. Stop whining about how it felt like a reboot; you should be grateful that we’re getting a first hand experience of the continuation of this epic saga.
TFA is in countless ways better than the prequels and for me it is as good as the original trilogy, and of course way better in the aspects of visuals.
Beautifully choreographed n’ gritty action (those lightsaber fights, eeeeee!), amazing script (hilarious at times), FLAWLESS direction and cinematography and amazing acting by the newcomers Daisy Ridley (I have a new Lady-Crush on you, girl) and John Boyega (dude, you’re all sorts of perfect, marry me please.). These two have a very, very bright future ahead of them. Adam Driver as Kylo Ren was pure excellence in his villainous role. Kylo’s Anger Management issues need some work though 😛 As for the original cast, sure their characters have grown older and wiser because they’ve been through a lot, but they were still as enchanting as they were decades ago.
Yes, this sequel does have a lot of similarities with A New Hope (the “Hero’s Journey” and all), but The Force Awakens has done a phenomenal job in building up a story arc that may seem similar to the fans but is definitely executed in a better way alongside some new characters that I’m sure are the perfect successors of the Han, Luke and Leia legacy.
Jingle All The Way:
Okay, this might sound odd to you, but me and my brother have this little tradition where we watch Jingle All The Way on almost every Christmas. 😀 (“Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.”) I know it’s a terribly cheesy movie but we have so many memories with this one, we used to watch it thrice EVERY DAY in our childhood. (“Where’s your Christmas spirit?”)
We still have all the dialogues memorized (“PUT THAT COOKIE DOWN. NOW!”) even though it’s this weird n’ wacky little flawed movie with tremendously bad acting, but we love it nonetheless goddammit! (“It’s Turbo Time!”)
Oh yeah, “fooding” is always my favorite part of the day. And today Mum had made scrumptious Biryani, with spicy Chicken Qorma (these two are considered the highlight of every big Pakistani feast).
My mum doesn’t allow me to eat anything sweet in large quantities, but as the day before Christmas was our Eid Milad-un-Nabi (the day Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihe Wasallam was born) she had made Zarda and Kheer (she makes the best) and today me and fam went out to eat ice cream therefore I’ve eaten a month’s worth of sugar in these two days. 😛
Ending the Day with Special Prayers:
This year we got really lucky that we got to have the birthdays of both Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and Prophet Isa/Jesus (Alayhi as-Salam) on the same weekend. So this was a very special and blessed week for all of us. The day before Christmas, on Eid Milad-un-Nabi we got to pray for the countless blessings of our beloved Muhammad, and on Christmas we prayed for the infinite blessings of our dear Jesus down upon us all. ^_^ Woohoo! What better way to end the day than having a heart to heart chat with God and your beloved Prophets? 🙂
The world we live in nowadays is filled with so much hatred that we’ve stopped seeing the bigger picture. No matter if you’re a Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Monk, or Atheist, what do you believe binds us together?
All the religions of the world have taught us one thing and one thing only: the love for humanity. To love God is to love His creation. To love the Prophets is to love their message. This mutual love for your fellow brother/sister is the one thing that that unifies ALL OF us regardless of our beliefs.
What if I celebrate Christmas being a Muslim? What if a Jewish person comes and celebrates Eid with me and I celebrate Rosh Hashanah with them? What if I greet and rejoice with my Hindu bros on Diwali?
It. Does. Not. Matter. As long as you’re spreading love and peace, nothing else matters.
So in this New Years, let’s make a promise to ourselves that we won’t be hasty in judging people. We won’t be intolerant and we’ll love each other like brothers and sisters.
Life is too short to live in hatred and negativity.
Happy New Year, my awesome WP Fam ❤