Commentary: Immigrant Christmas Commentator Firoozeh Dumas moved to Southern California from Iran in 1972. Her family didn't celebrate Christmas, but they watched the Bob Hope Christmas special on TV every year. Her parents always laughed with the laugh track at the jokes -- and then asked her to translate them. She got them all, except the golf jokes. She is the author of Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America.