Anita and Me


Meera Syal

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A Tollington villager whose wife Mrs. Christmas soon dies of cancer. He remonstrates Anita and Meena for screaming in the entry by his house and threatens to talk to their mothers about it. He is also mentally unstable, as he leaves his wife’s body in the house for weeks after she has died. He dies three weeks after his wife.

Mr. Christmas Quotes in Anita and Me

The Anita and Me quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Christmas or refer to Mr. Christmas. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Family Discipline and Guidance Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oberon Books edition of Anita and Me published in 1996.
Chapter 3 Quotes

But to be told off by a white person, especially a neighbour, that was not just misbehaviour, that was letting down the whole Indian nation. It was continually drummed into me, ‘Don’t give them a chance to say we’re worse than they already think we are. You prove you are better. Always.’

Related Characters: Meena Kumar (speaker), Mrs. Kumar (“Mama”) (speaker), Mr. Christmas
Page Number: 45
Explanation and Analysis:
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Mr. Christmas Character Timeline in Anita and Me

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Christmas appears in Anita and Me. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Friendship Theme Icon
Culture and Belonging Theme Icon though she has always wanted to evacuate such screams. However, at that very moment, Mr. Christmas emerges from his house, furious. (full context)
Family Discipline and Guidance Theme Icon
Culture and Belonging Theme Icon
Racism and Violence Theme Icon
Mr. Christmas yells at the girls, telling them that his wife Mrs. Christmas is sick and needs... (full context)
Family Discipline and Guidance Theme Icon
Friendship Theme Icon
Culture and Belonging Theme Icon
...get Anita to apologize as well, but Anita merely says that she doesn’t care if Mr. Christmas tells her mother, Deirdre, about this. Meena considers such behavior treason and is shocked to... (full context)
Chapter 4
Culture and Belonging Theme Icon
...Both of them hear then Deirdre’s loud voice explain that she went to talk to Mr. Christmas , who had said something to Anita, when she saw Mrs. Christmas in front of... (full context)
Truth vs. Lies Theme Icon the sight of a dead body and the idea that, if Anita hadn’t disturbed Mr. Christmas , no one might have known about Mrs. Christmas’s death, Meena feels sick and has... (full context)
Family Discipline and Guidance Theme Icon
Mr. Christmas dies three weeks later in his sleep. While mama gets ready to go to the... (full context)