"I am a Coptic Orthodox Christian from Egypt. Christmas is a special day for me and my family. Me, my wife, and the children love Christmas because it was the day when Jesus Christ was born and we love it. The family comes together and we have a lot of happiness and love.
"We celebrate all this month. We use the Advent candles and other symbols to tell us the story of Jesus' birth. We have the biggest Christmas tree in our home. Every year we try and decorate it differently. Last year we used crystal and this year we will use fabric. Our big celebration, when all the family gets together, is on the 24th."
Note: Sam is the owner of the Green Olive restaurant in Downey. He is standing in front of his new location, which will open in February at the Promenade.