How do muslims feel about Christmas?

(13 Posts)
RaRaLion Sun 30-Dec-12 13:26:13

As a child Eid for me was about new clothes and money but it was a generally boring time and I used to envy the toys and games my friends got for Xmas! So i was very mindful to make it much more different for when I had children and I think alhamdulliah they are satisfied by the time Xmas comes round.

Sister crescentmoon Very useful post indeed specially for first generation immigrant Muslims whose children have a very different experience of brought up in a multi-faith society.

crescentmoon England Mon 17-Dec-12 13:05:40

I buy my dc toys now over the holidays so that they don't feel left out in January when children go back to school and talk about the gifts they got. But I do that during the sales not before christmas. We give out xmas cards to other people and xmas presents to their teachers and TAs- though the presents is something I only started this year.and we do like Xmas treats and cakes and the big roast turkey meal- always on the first day DH has off after the 25th. I know Muslim families that do a variation on that as well.
what we don't do is xmas decorations, xmas tree, Xmas gifts for the kids etc. DH and I spend a huge amount on Eid ul fitr and Eid ul adha for the dc so that they are proud and satisfied with their own religious celebrations. As a child Eid for me was about new clothes and money but it was a generally boring time and I used to envy the toys and games my friends got for Xmas! So i was very mindful to make it much more different for when I had children and I think alhamdulliah they are satisfied by the time Xmas comes round. Though next year Eid ul adha will be mid October so moving farther and farther away from winter time!

HardlyEverHoovers Sun 16-Dec-12 14:17:50

Crescentmoon, do you have any issues with your kids over not celebrating xmas?

crescentmoon England Fri 14-Dec-12 17:35:57

I absolutely love mince pies, and mini stollen bites, and rich fruit cake. I like turkey and 'Traditional' roast vegetables. Parsnips especially are a real novelty in our house and only at this time of the year. The dc get enchanted with the Xmas decorations in the town centre and inside the shopping centre.(a little bit too enchanted with them if you ask DH!) weve never celebrated Xmas in our House- DH has always worked on dec 25th to cover for others who actually celebrate Christmas day. So the day itself is just like any other day for us. But I love the Christmas And new years sales so I stop buying anything from late November to save up for boxing day onwards!

ImperialSantaKnickers Thu 13-Dec-12 09:48:46

The important thing to me is a celebration to mark the turning of the year, we're now well into the miserable few weeks when it's dark when you leave for work/school and dark by the time you start back home again.

Herrena your Ramadan fast breaker for Christmas Day is truly wonderful!

sashh Thu 13-Dec-12 09:43:48

Also feel rather sorry for Christians who's festival has been hijacked by commercialism!

Don't, they nicked it from the Pagans. The main Christian festival is Easter (and that name was nicked as well).

I find Xmas trees quite sinister - origionally sacrifices were hung from trees, and they were not chocolate.

There are millions of muslims and I think there is a great variation in how it is percieved.

Even Christians do not do the same things, the Orthodox churches don't celebrate it until january.

StackOverflow Tue 11-Dec-12 14:23:56

I'm an atheist, DH is a Muslim and we both love Christmas - as do my New Age father, my mildly agnostic mother and my nothing-really-but-Buddhism-is-so-cool sister.

Even my devoutly Muslim PIL do a Christmas lunch. They justify it by calling it a tradition rather than a religious thing.

HardlyEverHoovers Tue 11-Dec-12 09:08:51

OldBoots very nice to hear your perspective on Christmas, I'd never thought of it that way.
I think Christmas certainly prompts me to think about the Prophet Jesus more than I would at other times of the year.

OddBoots Tue 11-Dec-12 08:22:17

We have Muslim friends with whom we exchange cards and sometimes gifts and some who are very happy to be given cards but don't send them themselves. I can only speak for the Muslims I have spoken to about it but as they see Jesus as a prophet they are generally positive about celebrating his birth.

I am a church going Christian but I don't in any way feel that Christmas has been hijacked by anyone, I am very aware that 25th December isn't biblical, it was a convenient day to celebrate and was a hijacking of Pagan celebrations. If anything I feel a little guilty that 'we' were the ones doing the hijacking.

HardlyEverHoovers Tue 11-Dec-12 08:17:05

Herrena that's hilarious about breaking your fast with Christmas dinner. I once went on an Islamic retreat over Christmas where they served halal turkey on Christmas day.

Hyperballad Tue 11-Dec-12 08:11:07

One of my Muslim friends is so excited about the Chistmas present he ha bought my DS he asks every time we see him, 'can I give it to him yet! Can I give it to him yet!'

His DP has also done the most professional job at decorating their tree!

I havn't asked him what he thinks about Christmas though so I shall next time I see him smile

Herrena Tue 11-Dec-12 08:07:25

I grew up in Dubai and the (overwhelmingly muslim) population seemed to love the decorations, the seasonal food (picture roasted chestnuts when it's 26 degrees outside confused) and doling out cards and gifts to all the christians of their acquaintance.

Muslims like a bit of goodwill too grin

On a personal note, my dad is muslim and my mum christian. For several years Christmas overlapped with Ramadan, so we fasted all day and ate Christmas lunch at sunset. It didn't sound weird until I told people about it in the UK!

HardlyEverHoovers Tue 11-Dec-12 07:53:54

Not looking for explanations of why people do or don't celebrate Christmas or anything like that, just curious, as we don't celebrate Christmas but I still kind of enjoy the general atmosphere, as I have lots of happy childhood memories of Christmas. Have been enjoying cold evening walks and looking at the x-mas lights people have in their windows, and also enjoy the different sorts of foods in the supermarket at this time of year.
Also feel rather sorry for Christians who's festival has been hijacked by commercialism!
How do others feel, if you care to share?

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