I was at a Christmas party yesterday, hosted by a muslim friend of mine. The party's invitees were mostly christians, a couple of which are Christmas orphans (foreigners studying in egypt with nowhere to go on christmas eve), and we had a tree to decorate and everything. The boss of one of our christian female friends and attendees apparently just got back from Hajj, and got her a gift: a full islamic Abayah and head covering (hint hint). So our friend came over, wearing the abayah, the hijab, and big ass cross on her chest, clearly visible. Everybody thought it was hilarious and they started to take pictures of her and asking her to pose for them, going all " But make the cross visible. Can you make it more visible? Can you hold it? Can I take another picture?" for a good five minutes. Me and the other muslim friend are just sitting there next to each other, watching all of this taking place. Then, without even looking at him, I say:

"You ever get the feeling that we are hanging out with a persecuted minority?"

"Uh-hum", he smilingly replies, nodding his head. 

I take a sip of my glass of wine and say: "Yeah, me too!" 

Merry Christmas everybody!

0 comment on Yesterday

  1. Lina
    December 25, 2007 at 10:10 am


  2. yochanan
    December 25, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    this jew would find that interesting VERRRRYYYYY INTERESTING

  3. anonymous
    December 25, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    It’s good that u know who really runs ur country!

  4. kinzi
    December 25, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    Merry Christmas, Sandmonkey. And happy 3rd year blogging!

  5. diptychal
    December 26, 2007 at 9:42 am

    And Merry Christmas to you too =)

  6. kite
    December 27, 2007 at 2:15 am

    Good for you! My Jewish boyfriend refuses to celebrate Christmas with me in New York, and I tell him that though I am Buddhist, I have enough Christian friends and family that the Christmas rituals are actually a part of my childhood.

  7. Mavis
    December 28, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    kite, I have a Jewish friend, more like a sister, who loves to sing Christian hymns, but can’t understand why Jesus has to be in all the Hymns.

    I told her that’s sort of the point of the Hymns, but she thought if Jesus was removed, she could sing more of them…I just nod my head, and roll my eyes.


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