Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fond Childhood Memories of Christmas in Oman and This Holiday

Yay! Another holiday approaches, and I STILL can't take off the anti-image software I've got on my computer:'( so no glam pics.

Most of you expats from my end of the world will probably be celebrating Christmas. Which, I have fond memories of from my days before I was Muslim in Oman.

Let us reminisce together.

First, there was Mum 'f'ing' off the Christmas tree because the strands of small pearl lights were one-strand only, so when one minscule light burnt out, the whole lot of 'em went off, and she had to UN-decorate the whole bloomin' tree to find the culprit. So I think the tree was decorated and undecorated and re-strung with lights at least four or five times before Christmas day.

Inviting the houseboy to Christmas dinner because Mum thought he was a Christian.... Well.... he was Budhist, and our tales of Santa Clause and Frosty the Snow man scared the crap out of him. Apparently a giant cold hunk of ice jumping around and alive and an old man who watches you while you are sleeping, judging you, is a scary notion.

Go figure! lol.

Also, because alot of our friends in Oman weren't used to sitting at the dining table with forks and knives and spoons, we got to eat Christmas turkey WITH OUR HANDS:D!!!!!! Oh, you bet I loved it, though Grandma would have died of shock.

Mum getting frusterated that she could get an abaya embroidered but not X-mas stockings. Not that we HAD a fireplace.

So we drove off to Nakhl:) best DAY eveRRRRRRRRRRR! in Oman, courtesy the old Toyota pick-up truck.

On to this holiday: as a Muslim I will not be celebrating alas. It's just another day in the year for me. But I will be doing some shopping in Mutrah if my pay is on time, so keep an eye out for me there;)

3 comments:

Lamya said...

Inshallah have fun in mutrah shopping.

Ingrid said...

Hi Omani Princess(es),

I have been reading your blog with great interest - it's funny and gives a nice insight into "a life in Oman" :-) My husband (also not Omani) lived in Oman for a few years when he was a child, so we are coming to visit in January (he has told me a LOT of wonderful stories, so now I have to see the country for myself!). Can you help me and tell me where I should look for traditional Omani clothes? After all the things you wrote about how comfortable and nice it is, I would like to take at least one home with me :-) Thanks in advance!

Ingrid (from the Netherlands & not a princess by any stretch of the imagination :-) )

Muscat Mitchells said...

You might not be celebrating now but I'm sure you'll be thinking of us...as we do you during Ramadan and Eid x
I only go through the motions for my kids, to be honest, but I feel for your Mum big time! Every year curses leap from my mouth when I'm doing the flipping tree lights!!!!! Grrr!