‘Double fun:’ P.E.I. families of many faiths embrace the Christmas season

Courtesy: Global News

It’s a Christmas tree decorated unlike any other: at the top, a handmade picture of the Islamic star and crescent symbol, with a Christian cross in the background.

On a table beside the tree, copies of the Qu’ran beside the Bible. It’s what Farah Al-behadili, a Muslim woman from Stratford, P.E.I., calls her “unity tree.”  “My parents taught us to respect all the religions,” said Al-behadili, who moved to Stratford, P.E.I., in 2010. Originally from Jordan, she had grown up with some Christian friends, and was familiar with Christmas traditions.  The vast majority of Islanders — 115,000, according to the last census in 2011 — identify as Christian, 560 as Buddhist, 205 as Hindu, 100 as Jewish and 660 as Muslim.  Wherever there is happiness, wherever there is something nice, we will go with it,” she said. “Anything that brings brightness and peace and makes our kids happy and ourselves happy, I don’t mind it.”  “It’s double fun.”

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