Saturday, December 31, 2005

Christmas in The Darkness!!

New Year's Eve is tomorrow, and it seems that everyone in Baghdad and other cities in Iraq will have to spend it in the darkness! There is no electricity at all. NEVER AT ALL !! Adding to it the lack of water and the freazing weather!

How cool can that be?! Very promising !

The whole family planned for a big xmas party this year to be held in my Grandparents house. My cousins planned to sleep over in our house after the party to have some fun. One of my cousins decided to wear Santa Claus custom and to make us some games, another cousin decided to play the D.J. and he started to get the Xmas songs. But none of this will happen!

My aunt's husband's Mother died yesterday. It's not respectful to make any party while he is mourning his mother, even my cousins won't be able to do anything cuz they are sad for their late Grandmother. So, no Xmas party this year.

I don't remember that much about the begining of this year, but its end seems dreadful to me now with all those bad events! I just want to bye-bye it as soon as possible.

This is a quick post, but I have to end it now cuz the electricity is untrustable at all !!!

Good Night everyone. Enjoy your Christmas :)


Lisa, New York said...

Christmas Eve is tomorrow...

Do you mean New Year's Eve?

Because if Christmas Eve is tomorrow then that means Santa Claus is coming AGAIN and I'll have more presents! ;-P

Mad Canuck said...

Hi Haneen,

I think you're mixing up Christmas and New Years. Christmas was December 25, New Years is January 1.

In any case, I hope you have a good day, even though you're not having your party anymore.

Morbid Smile said...

Yea I meant New Year's Eve!!

Sorry ;)

Morbid Smile said...

And I corrected it! Thank you Lisa and mad canuck, I didn't notice the difference before :)

Lisa, New York said...


Actually, I find it very interesting the way you describe the New Year's Eve party you were planning, with Christmas songs and your cousin dressed as Santa (it sounded like fun. I'm sorry you're not able to have the party :-( ). I know Christian Iraqis celebrate Christmas, of course, but I'm wondering if Muslims also use the symbols of the Christmas season ((songs, Santa, etc.) at New Year's Eve parties? That's interesting, if true.

It's true that a lot of the Christmas things people love (decorations, Santa Claus, the songs) are not particularly Christian in a religious sense so in the U.S. a lot of non-Christians do celebrate with some of those things. I just think it's interesting if if some Iraqis, like you, combine the symbols of the Christmas season into New Year's Eve parties.

(Pardon me if I'm rambling, I just find people's customs really interesting. :-)

Melantrys said...

Still a Happy New Year to you and your family.

May it become a lot better than the last one then!!

Treasure of Baghdad said...


SAFE New Year, dude!

programmer craig said...

Heh, Good Riddance to 2005 eh? I feel kind of the same way! But that's also something to celebrate :D

Happy New Year, Haneen!

Caesar of Pentra said...

Well, I guess it's 2006 already cuz i can hear some fire shots out there and it's definitely not for defeating some gunmen, they are celebrating!!!
therefore HNY ma dear ;)

-Iraqi Caesar-

CharlesWT said...

Last year I wrote that I believe that in the coming 10 years Christmas will become a full-fledged holiday in Iran. This year was even Christmasier than last. Not one of our Christmas invitations has come from a Christian. Iranian state radio even wished Christians a merry Christmas and played Western music. (AN himself used the theme song from Bonanza in his campaign clip)
Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukkah and Happy Longest Night

(View from Iran)

Aunt Najma said...

Hey Haneen,
Happy new year :)
Inshallah next year you'll be "visiting" from American? :)

Albert Li said...

Happy New Year!

RG said...

IT IS NOW 2006!!

From America, Christina and I wish all of you a Great 2006

Live Safe BUT Live STRONG in 2006!

Morbid Smile said...

Happy New Year to you all !

It's 2006 in Iraq now and this is the first afternoon in the new year! We had electricity for half an hour from 12 till 12:30 midnight! That is to say that the first minutes in the new year were "bright" lol !

Well, some of my cousins came and we had dinner together, and then a very small party :) But with no Santa, and no tree!

Oh yes, Lisa, we celebrate the New Year's Eve here as well. Many Muslims in Iraq do this, the plan for the parties, some dress as Santa and get the Tree. We got a xmas tree once and it was so cool.

Hey Melantrys, happy new year to you too my dear :) I hope that 2006 will be a better year in everything and for everyone!

Treasure, happy new year to you my friend. Enjoy your new year's eve in the U.S. I'm enjoying my time here knowing that this will be my last one in Baghdad!

Programmer Craig, Happy New Year! YES,good riddance to 2005! ;) It was both bad and good year for me, but the last days were terrible and so cold, I just wanted it to be over!

Hello Caesar, long time no see! Happy new year to you too :) I heard some gunshots in my neighborhood as well last night! It was a celebration this time.

Charleswt, happy new year to you too. It's nice to see that people from different religious background celebrate the new year. It's a universal even after all.

Hey Najma, happy new year. The next time you'll be a university student celebrating the New Year! And I'll be in the U.S. saying a BIG HIII to you all and thinking of you :)

Hello Albert, happy new year to you too and welcome here :)

RG, wish you the same in the new year. May it will be a better year for you and for everyone in the world.

Mad Canuck said...

Happy new year!

Lynnette in Minnesota said...

Happy New Year to all!

It sounds like they have that refinery(?) back up and running again, Haneen. Hopefully that will help with the fuel problems a little.