Every year, Christmas is celebrated on December 25, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people all around the world. But here in Pakistan, we celebrate Christmas to join in on the fun with our Christian friends. Here are 10 things none of us (Muslim or Christian) should forget to do this Christmas!
1. Spend time with your family and friends, without technology ruining quality time
2. Decorate your house in lights, boards, ornaments, tinsels, poinsettias, ribbons, stockings and scented candles.
3. Whether your Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Parsi or Jew, get a Christmas tree and decorate it together!
4. Sing Christmas carols together, and if you don’t know any carols, just sing together!
5. Believe in Santa Claus and let your kids believe in him too! He’s just a cute old man wanting to make children happy – what’s not to love about him?
6. Tell your children Christmas stories about how Elves help Santa make the toys, and if you don’t know any Christmas tales, just tell them other stories!
7. Activate your imagination. Sit outside on your porch or roof with your children and look for Santa’s sleigh
8. Celebrate Christmas Eve with friends and family sitting around the tree guessing what presents under the tree are. Cook dinner together!
9. On Christmas day, don’t forget to be super excited! Make sure you have presents for all your family members, friends and house help under the tree! Make it special and teach your children that this is a time of giving. Then open up the presents – yay!
10. A traditional Christmas dinner usually features either roasted turkey with stuffing (sometimes called dressing) or Ham and Yorkshire puddings. Potatoes, squash, roasted vegetables and cranberry sauce are served along with drinks. A variety of sweet pastry and eggnog sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg are served. But you can cook whatever your heart desires, so long as you do it together and share it with everyone!
This time of the year is a time of giving – be it Christmas, Eid Milad un Nabi, Quaid-e-Azam’s birthday or New Year’s eve – we should celebrate each festival with zeal. In the spirit of kindness and gratitude, we share these days with each other to spread the joy!