Monday, December 10, 2012

A New Christmas Story

Childhood memories are usually the things that make most individuals love the Christmas holiday. The overwhelming joy one feels when they awake and walk into a room full of gifts under the Christmas tree lasts forever.

What if you did not have those childhood memories of the Christmas holiday, would your feelings for Christmas be the same?

There were no visits to Santa Claus or gifts under the Christmas tree when Fenil Patel was a young child in India.
Patel is a Vol State student from Gujarati, a state in northern India. He's religion is Hindu, a religion that does not ordinarily celebrate Christmas. “Christmas is the best part of the year,” Patel said.

Patel said that where he is from they celebrate Christmas out of respect for the Christians. He described Christmas in his country like an ordinary Sunday because everyone received one day off from school or work, then you were back the next day.

He moved to the U.S. when he was about 9, and on his first Christmas he received a watch that he cherished. From then on, Christmas was his favorite holiday.  

"I feel like I'm more American now because I celebrate everything from Thanksgiving to Christmas," said Patel. 

Patel is headed to India this weekend to attend his brother's wedding. He is disappointed that he has to miss the Christmas holiday. 

"This is my last time missing Christmas," said Patel.

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