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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town…NOT

Check out my essay in the current installment of Fresh Yarn. Happy holidays, everyone!

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town…NOT

When I was a kid I, like millions of other children across America, ardently believed in Santa Claus.

The problem? That persnickety detail that I’m Muslim. Oh, and that I happened to be living in Saudi Arabia at the time.

There I was, in a desert nation, mere miles from Mecca, the birthplace of Islam, captivated by mistletoe, turtledoves, Christmas lights, and outlandish accounts of reindeer with remarkably unconventional capabilities.
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The Indian Thanksgiving

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Eid! Here’s my latest essay from the Wall Street Journal.

The Indian Thanksgiving

A naturalization test at an immigration office in Boston was the last hurdle standing between me and U.S. citizenship. But for me this journey had actually begun years before, on a rickety vessel you may have heard of—The Mayflower. Except in my adaptation, that leaky ship sailed down the Red Sea to the New World of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where I proudly played the role of a pilgrim in a kindergarten play at the American school. Decked out in a gray frock and a hat fashioned from black construction paper, I prepared to welcome a band of friendly Native Americans to the very first Thanksgiving.

In my five-year-old mind, it seemed perfectly logical that a scrawny Indian girl with brown skin and a Canadian passport should be charged with inviting those other Indians (feather, not dot—although I’m Muslim so we don’t have either) to celebrate the founding spirit of America. In a desert nation, no less, thousands of miles from Plymouth Colony.

“Sarah, is it?” asked the immigration official testing me. “So, where are you from?”

Easy question, no easy answer.

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town…NOT

Check out my essay in the current installment of Fresh Yarn. Happy holidays, everyone!...
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The Indian Thanksgiving

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Eid! Here’s my latest essay from...
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