My first Christmas was different from the romanticised version in my head

The fantasy is always different from reality

Sumaiya Ahmed
Jan 8 · 5 min read
Photo by Chad Madden on Unsplash

In 2020, I celebrated Christmas for the first time.

Growing up in a strict Muslim household, we’d never really done anything for Christmas. The only time I’d ever been close to celebrating the festivity was during school, where we’d listen…