What is it about Christmas that is so attractive? I"m talking about the commercialized, secular Christmas here. Even here, we can't escape the decorations in shops and the songs at school. There's something about it that just grabs children and adults alike. I don't know if it's because we grew up with it, but I find my self nostalgic for red & green candy and Christmas lights. Is it because it's such an old tradition, ingrained in our memories? We didn't celebrate it at all as kids, our parent's would not have it, of course. But because we wanted to get in on the fun, my siblings and I got each other "New Years presents".
I'm not saying we should copy Christmas.I'm not. I recently came across some photos from an event, an Islamic function called 3mu 3Eid. (Uncle Eid) It was a dude dressed in full gulf Arab gear with a Santa beard and a bag of gifts on his back. How lame is that? It's messed up on several levels. Do we have to cater to Christmas hungry children to that extent?! NO. That's just selling out. Besides, it's supposing that Muslim = Arab.
We do make a big deal about Eid and we get new clothes and pjs, give gifts, go out and have fun on Eid day, but we need to make our holiday more fun and exciting so it doesn't pale in comparison with Christmas. I know it's not a competition but I want my kids to really love Eid.
I hate to make it sound like we need to commercialize Eid but I'm afraid that's kind of what I'm saying. As much as we try to make Eid fun, and keep traditions for the kids, there's a certain spark missing. Maybe it's as simple as specific Eid candies or decorations that are Eid specific but It kind of saddens me when the kids come home excited because they decorated a Christmas tree in the classroom or because "Santa" came. I don't know, I'm just talking here.
What do you think? What is it about Christmas?