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Mohammad Hussain is celebrating his very first Christmas because he is in lockdown with his roommates and wants to support their traditions.


Global (22 December 2020) – Mohammad Hussain has gone viral on Twitter for sharing his observations about Christmas. Mohammad is a Muslim man and has never celebrated Christmas before but because he is in lockdown this year and staying at home with his roommates, he decided to get involved in the festivities.

The Twitter thread details all the things he is learning about Christmas and the traditions that go along with it. His thread is so wholesome and good that we couldn’t help but smile.

What we love is that feeling of watching someone else enjoy something for the first time. Like the guy who watched Harry Potter for the first time and live-tweeted his reaction to the movies or the guy who Tweeted what it was really like living with two women.

These are Mohammad’s Christmas observations…

Growing up, my Muslim family never celebrated Christmas. This year I am not going home, because pandemic, so my roommates are teaching me how to have my first proper Christmas. I am approaching this with anthropological precision. Here are a few observations.

Observation 1: Christmas is a part-time job that you have from mid-November to the end of December. From the outside looking in, Christmas always seemed pretty simple. I always thought you put up a tree and then gave gifts to family. This is a lie.

Do you want to sleep in on a Saturday? Too bad. Go put up some lights inside the house. Oh you want to sleep in on Sunday? Too bad. Go put up some lights outside the house. Next weekend? Nope. Every free moment you have will be spent agonizing over the gifts you must buy.

Observation 2: People have very strong feelings about their Christmas traditions. If someone is insisting that *certain food* is what you have to eat Christmas morning, because that’s their family tradition, DO NOT SUGGEST ALTERNATIVES. They will stab you in the neck.

Observation 3: You can buy yourself a gift but you can’t stuff your own stocking. I don’t understand this one but I told my roommate I bought stuff for my stocking and they said that’s not a thing. I don’t care. I bought myself mint chapstick and I will fake surprise.

Observation 4: Your gift budget does not matter. You can set this budget as high as you want but the perfect gift will always be $10 too expensive. There is no winning. Just give up.

Observation 5: There are two streams of Christmas ornaments. The “fillers” and the “keepers”. The fillers are the generic ones. The keepers are meant to be more special and unique. This second stream is stored in your family’s reliquary to be one day passed on to the children.

Observation 6: ORNAMENTS ARE EXPENSIVE. That cost me $15.99. That’s more than three everything bagels. I am furious. For what it cost, you best believe that I am insisting that it be passed on to my great-grandchildren. If they break it I will haunt them.

Observation 7: The religious aspect of Christmas is optional. I really like this one. If I was to suggest having a secular Ramadan to my mother she would have a heart attack. I will however be trying to get my family to do a Secret Santa for Eid. The name’s being workshopped.

Observation 8: You need a “menu”. Yeah… This one is where they lost me. Last Christmas my family ordered Popeyes and watched a movie. My roommate has an entire menu with wine pairings and desserts planned.

To wrap things up I want to applaud longtime Christmas celebrators. This is a lot of work and very tiring. I will say I am having a very pleasant time. I am learning that I enjoy Christmas music and gift purchasing. I am also learning that I do not enjoy peppermint.

We love Mohammad’s Christmas observations but what we love more is that he is using his lockdown with his roommates to embrace their traditions. Mohammad is proof that while we may all be very different, follow different politics and have different beliefs, we can still come together and support each other.

Sources:  Twitter
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