Hijab Christmas

In the long line to see Santa, with my younger daughter, once again. A cycle that will not end, until one of us passes. We normally try to see this particular Santa at least twice during the season, once for the annual picture, and two or more times just to visit.

In the long line to see Santa. Lots of women in hijab passing by. One woman in the line for Santa, with hijab, husband and children. Daughter without hijab. Ready for the photos.

At a dollar store, in the Christmas aisle. One woman in the aisle, with hijab, husband and children. Daughter without hijab. Picking out Christmas decorations.

Wondered if it was a common error that hijab associated only with Muslim women. Or whether Christmas being seen as a general social and family occasion, to be celebrated without religious referents.

Don’t know. Do now know that contemporary non-Muslim women choose to wear the hijab. Also that the hijab, in substance if not in form, is referenced in both the New Testament and the Old Testament of the Bible.

Or maybe just many stars…

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1 Response to Hijab Christmas

  1. On December 24, 2014, Neil Remington Abramson commented as follows (reproduced with permission):

    The wearing of headscarf is also a European tradition. Women used to wear a scarf as a hat, for example in a church, as a sign of respect. Oddly women don hats as men doff them, both intending to show respect.

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