Fascinating -- I'd never even heard of Eid before. What's the story behind it? How is it celebrated?
And I know there are many variations even within Christian celebrations... I'd love to hear about your family's traditions.
For example, when my father was a boy in the 1920s, there was never any sign of Christmas at all, right up through the evening of the 24th. When the kids woke up on Christmas morning, they would find the living room magically transformed overnight -- a tree lit with REAL CANDLES on the branches (beautiful, I'm sure, but NOT a good idea!), and presents all around it. The presents were never wrapped -- just tagged with a name.
As for me, I'm not exactly a Christian... I follow the teachings of Christ because I think he was an extraordinarily good man and a great teacher, but I don't know whether he was divine, and I don't need him to be. So I celebrate Christmas as an annual reminder of what it means to do GOOD in the world, and to be kind, loving, forgiving... all the principles Christ taught.
For this reason, the most important gift for me at Christmas is a secret gift I give to strangers. I go out late at night on Christmas Eve and find a house in a bad part of town, a house that clearly belongs to people who need a bit of reassurance that life is good. I tiptoe up, leave a package on the front porch, and scurry away. That moment is the highlight of the whole year for me!
Do you have any special traditions to share?