For Los Altos’ Assyrians, many of whom are oceans away from where they grew up, Christmas is a chance to remember where they came from. There are an estimated 10,000 Assyrians in the South Bay, one of the largest groupings of the Middle Eastern Christian community in North America. Many moved here from Iraq, Iran or Syria at a young age, and Christmas in California, for them, means a taste of home.
Margaret Petros spent her first American Christmas in the Chicago suburbs. It was a frigid holiday and a true white Christmas, but it was nothing like home.