year Macy's at Herald Square in Manhattan unveils breathtaking windows
for viewers who come from all around the world. Macy's windows
attract a lot of people at this time of the year. Every year, Macy's
features two series of window displays -- one set depicting scenes
from the classic Christmas film Miracle on
and a second set that is new each year. This year it is Dr. Seuss
abstract characters in bright colors displayed in awkward actions
stimulating your imagination.
season puts everyone in a jovial mood and good spirit. It is almost
impossible to walk on the street without bumping into people. As New
Yorkers we tend to get a little impatient when a tourist is snapping a
quick photo and you need to wait for the session to end to get to your
destination but then you are reminded that it's the happiest season of
the year and you just smile to yourself. You may be wondering why is
it the happiest season for those of us who don't celebrate Christmas
well for one thing, we get the Holidays off!!
are two more sights to see during the holiday season among the Macy's
Fifth Avenue - They do a spectacular job in decorating the windows.
Rockefeller Center - It holds the tallest tree and thousands of lights
to illuminate it.
Santaland - Each year in Macy's at
Square in Manhattan on the 8th floor is something every child awaits
around this time of the year. Santaland is a magical holiday
wonderland designed to delight children of all ages. Every year Santa
is in residence to hear the holiday wishes of children from all over
the world; whether or not he is able to deliver is another story.
not celebrate Christmas, but the bustling of elated customers on the
streets and in stores, Christmas decorations, jingles, merry songs and
Christmas parties grow on you. Involuntarily we are obliged to attend
Christmas parties at work and participate in secret Santa. So in a
way we are involved with the celebration of the holidays. I'll be
honest, each year, I await for the classic holiday movies; my
favorite, which I have not missed ever since I came to know, is "A
CHRISTMAS STORY". Then there are many other holiday movies like:
Nightmare before Christmas
A Christmas Carol
How Grinch Stole Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Frosty the Snowman
it's inevitable to exclude yourself from the holidays, here are some
gift ideas for co-workers, friends, and neighbors. Depending upon
closeness with the individual you can personalize the gift, but here
is a general suggestion:
More and more stores now offer gift cards, if you know someone who
is a coffee lover and drinks coffee from Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts or
Tim Horton’s give them a gift card from either of the store.
Lush is an incredible store with amazing smelling soaps and shower
gels to body crèmes. A gift from Lush would make any women feel
happy! Little pricy though.
Godiva chocolates make an excellent gift as well. They are worth
paying the price for since the quality of the chocolate is excellent.
Mrs. Fields cookies make another delicious gift. Especially their
bite-size assorted nibblers. You can even choose a pretty tin box
with the holiday theme.
Afaze and Aldo offer great accessories from jewelry to shoes and
bags. There is always something for everyone there.
Oil, scents, sprays and candles also make a cozy and warm gift.
are just general gift ideas which you can share with co-workers,
neighbors and friends who celebrate Christmas or the holiday spirit.
I also would like to make the
following point since it’s important and share my opinion with you.
Starting last year, I gave presents to co-workers for Eid ul Fitr and
Eid ul Adha, or brought in something to share to mark these two
significant holidays in the Islamic calendar. I believe it is very
important for us to let the non-Muslims know what our holidays are
about. Our holidays may not require all the fuss and buzz which goes
around the holiday season in this country or around the world, but
nonetheless, they require us to share with the less fortunate among
us. So if we can share the happiness and holiday spirit of Christmas
with co-workers, neighbors and friends then I believe we should feel
obligated to share the joy of Eid with others as well. Our holidays
should not solely be enjoyed with our family, friends, and Muslim
community. We should share with people of other faiths and let them
know the purpose of our holidays and its importance.