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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas….But So What?

Since moving to Canada, I have noticed many Muslims showing signs of panic and concerns whenever we get to Christmas time, and it’s mainly all about their children.

They worry about schools influence on their children and how they will handle that, especially when there are activities at schools or sporting clubs associated with Christmas. I always wonder why worry at all? There really is no need at all!

Talk To Your Children

The simplest thing to do is to talk to your children in a way they will understand. Our kids are influenced by such a lot these days and they need our guidance and advice for many issues.

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It is only natural that they are going to be curious about Christmas if they are surrounded by their school friends who talk about Santa Claus or even the religious part of the season.

They might ask you about Santa and why Santa may not bring them any presents. There is no reason to panic. Anyone can look on the internet and find the real story about Santa Claus and how this ancient figure has become the cultural figure he is today. The story has a deep meaning behind it.

As parents, we can use this to our own advantage. We can use this story to teach our own children about the importance of giving and what Islam says about this.

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One piece of advice though is to make sure your children don’t tell other children Santa doesn’t exist. Many non-Muslim children believe in Santa and it is not our place to spoil that. It is up to their parents to tell them about Santa when they feel it is right.

Our children might ask why we don’t have a Christmas tree or lights or presents? In this respect, we can remind them about Ramadan, ‘Eid Al-Fitr and ‘Eid Al-Adha. We can also make the effort to decorate our homes during Ramadan so that our children can feel the beauty of it.

When they see beautiful lights and decorations at Christmas, they are naturally going to be fascinated by it. Let’s face it, when we as adults see the beautiful lights at Christmas, don’t we also get mesmerized by that? So it is natural our children will be. We can make them just as excited about our own religious feasts by adding our own touch to them.

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