Is it wrong for Christians to celebrate Christmas?
Some Christians argue against the celebration of Christmas because Jesus probably wasn't born on December 25 and many of the traditions are pagan.
There is no wrong or right. It is a choice to celebrate or not to celebrate. If they choose to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and center their celebrations about Him instead of Santa and the elves, Christmas is a great time to do it. Everyone knows by now that he wasn't born on December 25, but celebrating with everyone else often creates opportunity to focus attention on where it should be: on His birth, His life and His ministry.
I agree with MsDora........I believe it's about your intentions. I am born again, and Christmas for me is about the birth of my Lord and Saviour. Yes, I believe some traditions are pagan in origin, and I don't take part in those. I celebrate Christmas with other believers. Yes, I do believe it's wrong for a Christian to celebrate Christmas with Santa Claus and his elves, because that is wicked in it's origin, but I don't see anything wrong with a Christian focusing on the birth of Christ and celebrating it around Christmas time. No, He was not born on December 25th, but why can't we chose a time to celebrate together? The focus of Christmas is on Christ, and His birth.
I think if the intent is for Christians, myself included, to celebrate the birth or our savior, than it is fine. The exact date isn't important but the fact he was born is.
It isn't wrong for Christians to celebrate the mass of Christ. However the modern, secular, celebrations are more akin to the pagan festivities around the mid winter solstice and really should be avoided by Christians. They only hi-jacked the celebrations when they changed the birth of Christ to coincide with the pagan festivals
the entire reason that the birth of Jesus is celebrated on Dec 25 is simply due to the fact that when the churches decided to celebrate it they adopted a date close to the pagan holiday of Yule. it was one of many ways that christian churches (in old times) tried to wipe out the practice of any pagan holidays or practices, others include knocking down pagan temples to erect christian churches in the same spot, hiring common villagers to build them, which is why if you travel to century old churches in parts of Europe you can actually see hidden pagan symbols to represent the pagan gods, a way for the commoners to worship their own gods without persecution... the traditions, yes, are almost all pagan...gift giving, decorating a tree, mistletoe, yule logs and more are pagan traditions, passed down thru the generations. i am not christian, i am actually a practicing witch, however i do not see why there is so much problem with a christian celebrating those traditions. even tho yes they came from pagan ways, they are good and family building traditions. they bring happiness and joy. what really matters are the thoughts behind your gifts, decorations, and holiday memories. if you are thinking about what your god did for you or Jesus Christ as your savior then that is what the holiday means and nothing more...if it is solely a family tradition, there is nothing wrong with that either.
As for me, I don't believe and not celebrating it because basically the date wad not in the Bible. Also, if you would be studying the climate of Israel during December, it's cold. Therefore, Mary and Joseph, I believe, couldn't travel when snows were on the way. Right? One more thing is that I don't really give emphasis on His birthday because it is on His death where I was saved.
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