For many, the holiday season is defined by gross over-consumption, lack of exercise, and a dramatically reduced pace of life. However, the most important part of the holidays (also the thing responsible for the above) is spending quality time with your family and loved ones.
But, unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have a family to be with during the holidays. Plus, many don’t have the luxury of spending hours cooking overly-large meals and arguing over the best Christmas film to watch (note: defo Jingle All the Way or Die Hard).
That’s where one Muslim restaurant owner – Hasan Masud of Shish Restaurant in London – stepped in this year. Rather than relaxing with his family on Christmas Day, he decided to open up his restaurant and offer anyone who was alone a free meal and people to spend the time with.
‘Free of charge – No one eats alone on Christmas Day,’ read a sign that Masud put outside his restaurant to make sure that everyone knew about his generous offer. ‘We are here to sit with you! Three-course meal for the homeless from 12-6PM. Any homeless or elderly are welcome!’
— Shish restaurant (@shishsidcup) November 18, 2016
After someone passing by took a picture of the sign and posted it online, it amassed millions of likes and was shared widely across the globe. And, for a brief moment, Masud won the internet. But he didn’t know what all the fuss was about.
‘We’re just helping people,’ he told Buzzfeed. ‘Lots of people stay home alone for Christmas… They don’t need to. They can come here and have some fun.’ Despite not celebrating Christmas as a religious holiday himself, Masud certainly seems to have made it a memorable one for his neighbours who do. What a legend.
Featured image credit: Shish Restaurant via Twitter