He Gave Me Christmas!

It’s that time of year when our hearts are filled with expectations and anxiety. We have lived to see yet another year pass by and no matter what we have been through we are once again filled with hope to witness a new year with anticipation of good things to happen in our lives.

In December 1985, Safeway had just opened it first supermarket in Bur Dubai, where I lived. On Christmas eve, after attending my husband’s company Christmas dinner, we stopped at the supermarket to buy some milk on our way home. As we were about to enter, a group of little kids came out shouting and screaming cheerfully. They were so young that the oldest looked hardly ten years old. They were kids from the neighborhood, the boys wearing their traditional dishdashes and slippers, and the girls in their long colorful dresses with their black shiny hair combed into long braids. The youngest of the boys, the tiniest, stopped to speak to us. His face beaming with happiness he said in an excited and loud voice,

“Look! He gave me Christmas, did he give you yours?”

He showed us his hands. He was such a sight to look at. We went in to find Santa handing out goodies and sweets, much to the amusement of the local kids.

So whether it’s Christmas or Hanukkah or New Year you’re celebrating, I hope it will bring joy and peace to your hearts the same way it brought happiness to that little boy even though he belonged to a different faith.

Happy Holidays!


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