How I Celebrated Christmas

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.

Simpsons Dance

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*!!!

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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!

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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:

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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!”)

Family Feast:

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? 🙂

In Conclusion:

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?

It’s love!

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.

Preach It

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 ❤

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20 thoughts on “How I Celebrated Christmas

  1. Akhiz December 26, 2015 / 9:47 PM

    Merry Christmas Abeeha, yes Christmas is that time of the year which is full of celebrations, joy and love, similarly like you i too spend Eid’s with full enthusiasm and zeal with my family and friends since i was a child just like Christmas or Easter, “Jingle all the way” is a must in December just like the decorations, carols, presents and cakes. And this year both Eid Miladulnabi and Christmas came together which doubled the blessings.

    I have a confession to make that im among that 1% of population which hasn’t watched the Star Wars franchise and i plan to do it soon starting from the first film so i can join the enthusiasm, whenever i got the opportunity i stopped as i planned to start the story from the start so till this day i am a star wars anonymous.

    I spent Christmas watching some Bond Action “SPECTRE” plus Johnny Depp’s “Black Mass” as due to my schedule didn’t got time to watch them since their release plus took a trip down the memory lane with Fresh Prince of Bel-Air seasons.

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Season and a Happy New Year 🙂

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    • A.B Mood December 30, 2015 / 5:40 PM

      Yay glad to know you also celebrate all the holidays ^_^
      And hahaha oh man don’t worry. I was among that few 1% some days ago as well :3 Just try to take out an entire day and dedicate it towards watching the whole franchise. I did it in two days! And Star Wars has a very passionate fandom, and I’m glad to be a part of it now ^_^ I hope you’ll join soon 🙂
      Oh how was Spectre? I’ve heard it’s not as good as Skyfall :/
      And Black Mass was amazing. I love it when Johnny does some serious Oscar-level acting (y)
      And thanks so much Akheez, it’s always an immense pleasure to have you come by my blog 🙂

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      • Akhiz January 4, 2016 / 12:35 PM

        Its always a pleasure to visit your blog 🙂 … Spectre was disappointing, during the entire movie i waited for the oooh moment but it never came, i had 2 movies for the new year “Chappie” and the “The Revenant”… even though i am a very big Leo fan but i had a Chappie in good print so i went with it and im glad that i made the right decision, its a wonderful film and Chappie is the most human like robot iv ever seen, i can say that it is now my most fav bot after T-800. 🙂

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      • A.B Mood January 10, 2016 / 1:10 PM

        Oh I saw Spectre as well, and oh gosh, what a downer. In comparison to Mission Impossible 5, Spectre was complete shite. 😦 I was such a huge Bond fan. Oh well.
        And aww I loved Chappie tooo! He was adorable. Although Hugh Jackamn was seriously annoying throughout the movie (hence proven villainous roles aren’t his forte), but Chap won me over ❤

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  2. Uday December 26, 2015 / 10:11 PM

    Ok that sounded absolutely fantastic Abby! It’s great that you are able to celebrate Christmas in your own way. Here it’s much of a grand affair, and people from all faiths join in the festive mood too. I love going to malls and checking out the tall Christmas trees and decorations 🙂

    Star Wars, yet to watch but cannot wait. I haven’t seen the original trilogy yet and I’m intrigued by all the craziness Sheldon and Leonard seemed to show towards it. Though I wonder if it’s too late to get into the whole fandom?

    And your final message, couldn’t agree more. As long as we lead our lives with love and compassion, it doesn’t matter what religion (or lack of) we practice. I wish you a great new year ahead!

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    • A.B Mood December 30, 2015 / 5:47 PM

      Uday, you’re so lucky that you get to experience all these various cultures ^_^ That’s what I love the most about the secular countries.
      And heyyy no it’s absolutely SO NOT late. As I said, I was a Star Wars Newbie just 10 days before the release 😀 At first it seemed like a chore, a homework, but as I proceeded through I began to see why the fandom is so crazy about them 🙂 Please, do get into it, man you won’t regret it ^_^ Please don’t watch The Force Awakens before seeing all the previous parts :3
      And thanks so much Uday ^_^ I wish you an incredible new year ❤

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      • Uday December 31, 2015 / 6:51 PM

        Good, now I just have to watch the original trilogy I suppose! Right way, madam 😀

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  3. Jim December 27, 2015 / 12:30 AM

    what I liked about being stationed overseas was experiencing other cultures and their holidays.

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    • A.B Mood December 30, 2015 / 5:48 PM

      It must’ve been such a great experience 🙂 I envy ya pal 😉

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  4. Jdeadevil December 27, 2015 / 8:52 AM

    Must admit, I’m looking forward to seeing the Force Awakens, haven’t seen it yet (so I didn’t read what you said about it in case of spoilers). Glad you enjoyed Christmas!

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    • A.B Mood December 30, 2015 / 5:51 PM

      Nah, no spoilers here my friend 😀 I totally respect people’s desire to maintain the level of surprise. And please, do catch it in theaters, it was a phenomenal experience ❤

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  5. abyssbrain December 30, 2015 / 9:49 AM

    In Hong Kong, Christmas is a big event even though there are not many Christians here. And yeah, all people should realize the real point of Christmas.

    I was also fortunate enough to be able to watch Stars Wars on its premiere date. Though since there are not many cinemas in HK, but with so many people, I had to pull out some connections in order to get some tickets :D. I am really not fond of resorting to that but it’s definitely worth it.

    I was also able to see some of HK’s top actors there like Stephen Chow and Andy Lau. But the funny part was when the media tried to interview Stephen Chow while entering the cinema. Normally, he’s very friendly to the media but that day, he just told them something like, “sorry, but I’m in a hurry”, and promptly ignored them to their surprise. Their faces were just priceless 🙂

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    • A.B Mood December 30, 2015 / 6:09 PM

      You caught the premiere as well? With two of my most favorite Japanese stars? 😀 Those connection were definitely worth it!! Glad to hear you had such an amazing time ^_^
      And Stephen must be very eager to watch the movie I guess 😛
      When I went to the theater, I’m not lying but one guy was literally shaking and telling his son in a trembling voice “I’ve been waiting for this movie for the better part of a decade.” Haha, the fandom is just really excited for TFA 😀

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      • abyssbrain December 31, 2015 / 6:32 AM

        I was honestly surprised as well that the Stars Wars fandom in HK is actually quite large since many people that I know are very apathetic with this kind of stuff. Though one may argue that many of the people that I know are something kind of a boring bunch. When I asked some of my colleagues if anyone would like to watch SW, they just told me that only children (with their parents) and adults who’re hardcore fans of SW will bother to watch it. Ha, what a crock! If you wanna watch SW today in HK, then don’t bother since tickets in all cinemas in HK are now fully reserved for the next 3 weeks…

        I really thought at first that the father pulled a Darth Vader there and told his son, “No, I am your father” 🙂

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  6. wretchedanddivine January 30, 2016 / 10:52 PM

    It was my first time watching Star Wars too and I loved it! I actually wasn’t looking forward to it because I didn’t think I would like it. My friends wanted to see it but it was a great movie. 😀

    Glad you had a good holiday! ❤

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