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Mijn jaarlijkse donatie. My yearly donation.

(English text further down.)

Reumafonds

Elk jaar tegen het eind van het jaar kies ik een goed doel en daar geef ik een mooi bedrag aan. Drie keer raden welk het dit jaar was. (Als je meer dan 1 keer nodig hebt moet je echt eens beter opletten.)

Ik doe dit in plaats van kerstkaarten. Die zijn goedbedoeld maar komen uiteindelijk in dozen en bij het oud papier terecht. Zonde van het papier, de inkt en de moeite van het versturen.

Steun je deze actie ook mee? Kijk op https://actie.reumafonds.nl/

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Each year towards the end of the year I select a charity and donate a nice amount to them. This year it was the Dutch research foundation for rheumatism. I do this instead of writing and sending Christmas cards. I know everyone means well with those but in the end they are tossed away which is a waste of paper, ink and the money for sending them.

If you care to support me in this donating to this charity, please go to https://actie.reumafonds.nl/ (google translate or some other online system will assist you in navigating the site).

A Christmas question for Muslims

Yes, you read that right.

I wonder how Muslims perceive Christmas. Most of the ‘white world’ is now submerged in the holy days that will last a week or perhaps longer for some. It’s nice to know that some people in that white world still remember what this Christmas is about (many know it is about a tree, presents, and love and peace on the dinner table).

Pagans have their own version of Christmas. It’s called Yule. ¬†According to some well-informed Christians, Pagans stole Yule from Christmas. I am not going to comment on that as that discussion is as old as Yule. (Which is older than Christmas.)

So how do Muslims perceive this period? Do you shrug at it and go on? Do you engage in the celebrations because it’s as good a time to celebrate as other times?

And as I ponder this – is there an Islamic version of Christmas? Some kind of Allah-mis?

I really wonder and would appreciate some feedback. Please, no feedback of the scathing kind as that will be removed without mercy. (Christmas is about love and peace, remember? Just reminding you.)