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Why I Think the Christmas Spirit Cuts Across Religious and Cultural Lines Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Arabic Language, Culture

Marhaba! As you can see from my previous post, I am really excited about the Christmas season!! Although Christmas is considered a religious holiday for many Christians around the world, I fervently believe that the spirit of this beautiful holiday cuts across religious and cultural lines. I believe that you do not need to belong to a particular culture or religion to cherish and understand the true Christmas spirit. It’s about giving love abundantly, being thankful constantly, cherishing goodwill, believing in peace, and being plenteous in mercy.

Image by  GA-Kayaker | Flickr

Image by GA-Kayaker | Flickr

I want to share five inspirational quotes about the true Christmas spirit. Please take the time to reflect on these important quotes and you’d immediately realize, regardless of your background, that in our different ways we all share the beautiful Christmas spirit and that in fact it does cut across religious and cultural lines! For your convenience and learning, I have translated them to Arabic.

Covent Garden Christmas Tree by MsSaraKelly

Covent Garden Christmas Tree by MsSaraKelly

1) “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” ― Bob Hope
فكرتي عن الميلاد, قديماً أو حديثاً, بسيطة جداً: حب الآخرين. وعلى فكرة, لماذا ننتظر الميلاد لنقوم بذلك؟- بوب هوب

2) Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.”  – Mary Ellen Chase
الميلاد ليس فقط موعد, بل هو حالة فكرية”- ماري ألن شايس

3) “Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” – Dale Evans Rogers
عيد الميلاد, يا ولدي, هو الحب عملياً. كل مرة نحب, كل مرة نعطي, هذا يكون الميلاد”- دايل أفينز روجرز

4) “Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” – Ruth C. Stapleton
الميلاد يكون ميلاداً حقيقياً عندما نحتفل به بإعطاء نور المحبة للّذين هم الأكثر بحاجة اليه”- روث كارتر ستابلتون

5) “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie
مبارك هو الزمن الذي يُشرك العالم بأسره بمؤامرة حب”- هاملتون رايت مابي

I personally feel that Christmas more than ever is the time to think and act positively. Take the time to ask yourself: what can do for someone else to make his or her life a bit better? How can I help others? What can I sacrifice? My final thoughts are that everyone should strive to be someone’s miracle!! Well, we sometimes might get lost in everything materialistic about this holiday; the true Christmas spirit is really about love, joy, and peace, and this can never be confided to one particular religion, race, culture or country.

Think of your good deeds and intentions, and tell me are you convinced that the Christmas spirit cuts across religious and cultural lines? I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas by surfergirl30 | Flickr

Merry Christmas by surfergirl30 | Flickr

Stay tuned for upcoming posts.

Have a nice day!

نهاركم سعيد


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Salam everyone! Born as an American to two originally Arab parents, I have been raised and have spent most of my life in Beirut, Lebanon. I have lived my good times and my bad times in Beirut. I was but a young child when I had to learn to share my toys and food with others as we hid from bombs and fighting during the Lebanese Civil War. I feel my connection to Arabic as both a language and culture is severing and so it is with you, my readers and fellow Arabic lovers, and through you that I wish to reestablish this connection by creating one for you.