For every day leading up to Christmas, the wonderful people you've read about on The Noteworthy share their favourite seasonal things to do, gifts to give, and holiday treats to indulge in.
Omar Mouallem gives us all a gift in the form of his entertaining writing. Have a Merry Muslim Christmas! was previously published in Swerve. Growing up in High Prairie, he was one of few kids that didn't celebrate Christmas. His siblings and mom secretly celebrated one year while his dad was out of the country.
I feel like I can hear him telling me the story while I read it. Growing up with friends that don't celebrate Christmas, this line from the article made me laugh:
Ninety-two percent of Canadians celebrate Christmas, according to an Abacus Data Poll. The other eight per cent, like my family, are often immigrants with strong religious backgrounds who probably experience the holidays from a safe distance—just far enough that they’re not suspected of espionage.
Later on, when describing how getting a gift is more fun than getting money from aunts and uncles (and kissing cheeks to get it), Omar defends consumerism:
Presents, done well, really make you think of the people in your life. Steeped in consumerism and capitalism it may be, but gift-giving is the language of love.
It's definitely worth a read. An early Christmas gift to you, from Omar.