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I am a Christian and I don’t Celebrate Christmas

Updated on December 17, 2013

Most people are shocked when they discover that I don’t celebrate Christmas. When they ask me why I don’t celebrate Christmas, I simply answer them, “I don’t celebrate Christmas because I am a Christian.” I immediately get different reactions from my friends. Some would react with a constipated look, while others are just look at me with suspicion. After all, if you are a Christian, you should celebrate Christmas, right? Well, let me explain this to you and show you why Christians should never celebrate Christmas.

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December 25th is not the day Jesus born

Yes, you read that right. December 25 is not Jesus’ birth date. People are led to this popular belief. However, a lie which is believed by many people doesn’t make it true. A LIE IS A LIE, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. I invite you to read any available encyclopaedia and you will soon discover that that Jesus was not born in December 25. In fact, most secular and biblical proofs show the complete opposite!

Here are some of the biblical evidences that Jesus wasn’t born in December 25.

  • Luke 2:7 - “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.”

We know that shepherd will not allow their sheep to be out in the field during December. Sheep are sensitive and delicate livestock. If they are exposed in the cold of December night, they will easily catch cold and eventually die from the illness. The account of Luke suggests that Jesus might have been born around summer or fall.

  • Luke 2:1-4 – “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.”

This verse tells us that Jesus’ parents were going to Bethlehem because Caesar Augustus issued a decree that all of its territory should have a census. Travelling many miles away during rainy and cold season of December can surely be very defeating. The census is very important for the Roman Empire because it is a way that they can tax their people. For this reason, it is illogical and irrational to schedule the census during winter season.

Christmas was rooted in Paganism

The Bible does not clearly indicate when Jesus was born. Then how did the date December 25 became the popular date for Jesus’ birth? The answer can easily be found in history.

The fact is that Christmas was being celebrated thousands of years BEFORE Jesus birth! According to history, ancient people celebrate December 25 as a day to worship and honour the sun.

It was in 2nd century BC that the Greeks worship their god Dionysus. Because of the popularity of the feast of Dionysus or Bacchus, the celebration later spread from Greece to Rome. The festival was commonly celebrated with dancing, singing and other types of revelries that at times, the celebration went out of control, indecent, and even chaotic. Later, the Roman Senate needed to pass a decree in 186 B.C. to suppress the festival because of the nocturnal orgies that associated with it.

In addition to the Bacchanalian festival which is celebrated on December 21, the Romans had also a popular festival on December 17 which lasted for 7 days. It is the festival held in honour for the roman god named Saturnalia. During this feast, people were encouraged to be drunk along with gambling and uncontrolled feasting. People typically exchanged gifts and men wear women’s dress. Candles and Yule logs burned to scare away evil spirit as the Romans believed that darkness is at its height during the month of December.

Beyond Today -- The Day After Christmas

How December 25 was chosen as the birth of Christ

When the Julian calendar was officially set in the Roman Empire during 46 A.D., December 25 was chosen to be the decreed time for the celebration of the Saturnalia and Bacchanalia. It was in December 25 that daylight is at its shortest length. This means that the night is longer than the day. For the ancient pagan worship, the sun is thought to be the supreme god that gives life to the world.

Through the celebration of Saturnalia and Bacchanalia feast, people are said to be “helping” the sun god to return its light again. After December 25, the winter solstice is finally over and the length of the day is beginning to be longer.

But this does not solve our question yet. How did December 25, a pagan festival, become a Christian festival?

The popularity of Christianity was gaining popularity and it eventually reached Northern Europe. Christianity was faced with the dilemma of how to turn these sun-worshipers into worshiping Jesus Christ. The pagans were told that they can keep their tradition as long as their focus will be to worship the Son of God instead of the sun. They can still keep their pagan customs which include mistletoe, evergreen trees, exchanging gifts, holly, ivy, Yule log burning other unbiblical practices.

Thus we have now a pagan holiday with “Christian” wrappings.

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How Santa Originated?

One of the biggest lies propagated among children during the Christmas season is Santa Claus. How on earth could a fat man in red jumpsuit who supposed to be travelling from North Pole riding on a flying sleigh pulled by reindeers begun to be associated with Christmas?

Santa Claus is a name derived from St. Nicholas who lived in southern Asia Minor (curiously, if you rearrange the name Santa, you can get Satan). He is a catholic saint honoured during December 6. It is really difficult to imagine how St. Nicholas from Middle East live in North Pole.

It is believed that the modern appearance of Santa Claus was derived from the gods known as Thor and Woden. These two gods are worshiped in the farthest northern corner of Europe.

Other Christmas Customs and its Origins

Christmas Custom
Origin
Lights and greeneries
Celtic and German Yule rites; light is associated with scaring away demons and evil spirits. Greenies are associated with fertility.
Mistletoe
a symbol of sun worship
Exchanging gifts
this originated as part of the worship of the god Saturnalia. It was a custom in the earlier days that gifts will take the form of a doll, which is a symbol of human sacrifices made for the god Saturnalia.
Christmas trees
since December is very cold, pagan people cut trees and put them inside their house. The tree will serve as a shelter for the spirits who would like to avoid the cold weather outside their home.
Carolling
it is thought that carolling was dedicated to the spirits of the dead. Every December 25, the spirits cross the veil between the dead and the living to visit their relatives. Because of this, carolling was done to call the spirits and guide them to a relative’s house.
Here is a quick look at the origins of other customs associated with Christmas.
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What does the Bible say about Christmas?

While we cannot find the word Christmas in the Bible, we can derive some principles from the bible which tells us to depart from festivals with pagan origin.

Let us read Deuteronomy 12:28-32.

28 Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God.

29 The Lord your God will cut off before you the nations you are about to invade and dispossess. But when you have driven them out and settled in their land, 30 and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.” 31 You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of DETESTABLE THINGS the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.

32 See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.

The instruction from God is very clear. There is no gray area, all are black and white. God plainly tell us not to mix pagan worship with how we should worship Him. CHRISTMAS IS LIKE PUTTING JESUS CHRIST INTO OPEN SHAME, putting Him into something that God Himself said that it is detestable and abominable. God later said that you must not add to the commandments of God and even take away from it!

Now, you might say that this instruction is for Israel only. But what does the New Testament said? Galatians 3:29 said;

If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

If you belong to God, then you are part of the spiritual Israel. The Church of God is now called the spiritual Israel. Therefore, the instruction found in Deuteronomy 12 is as applicable to us as it is to the ancient Israelites.

Do you know that Christmas trees are found in the Bible? Surprisingly, it is condemned by God rather than being promoted. Read Jeremiah 10:2:5.

2 This is what the Lord says:

“Do not learn the ways of the nations
or be terrified by signs in the heavens
(talking about sun worship),
though the nations are terrified by them.
3 For the practices of the peoples are WORTHLESS;
they cut a tree out of the forest,
and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.
4 They adorn it with SILVER AND GOLD;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so it will not totter.
5 Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field,
their idols cannot speak;
they must be carried
because they cannot walk.
Do not fear them;
they can do no harm
nor can they do any good.

How should we worship God?

God demands that we should worship Him in TRUTH and SPIRIT. This is evident in John 4:23-24.

23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.”

So if you want to worship God, you must worship Him in truth and spirit. Now ask yourself, is Christmas the real day of Jesus birth? Did Jesus command us to celebrate His birth? Is it alright to worship God with festivals associated to dark, obscure, and pagan origin? Is celebrating Christmas a form of worshiping God in spirit? Will God be happy with how we worship Him?

Let us be honest and take a second look at Christmas. Satan is very clever and he wrapped Christmas in a very attractive wrapping, but inside you will find different types of dark secrets. Will you worship God according to the tradition of men and according to how you want to worship Him? Or will be you be willing to submit your life into God’s hands and finally follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ?

Make a decision today. Do not be deceived by what the majority of people are now doing. Make a choice. Make that choice right by not celebrating Christmas because real Christians follow God’s commandments. Real Christians do not celebrate Christmas.

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      Man from Modesto 2 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      This is a good article. I wrote on this same topic. I have a few observations that will add to what you wrote. Also, I pose an important question: How does it serve Satan to celebrate Christmas?

      https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/When-was-...

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      PJ 2 years ago

      Three things to never talk about....religion, politics and how much money one makes.

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      Charlie and Matilda 3 years ago

      We have not celebrated Christmas for years since we learned what the meaning really is all about, what the customs meant to the pagans... it is hard to live in this world when Christians do not want to know the Truth, but I have to answer to God not man. As for us we will look to the Lord to guide us... only those that believed HIM were saved.

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      marissa 3 years ago

      I am muslim and we are told the christians who follow the correct teachings of Jesus christ to worship God alone associating no prophet/ person or any form of paganism will be the ones saved from the hell fire. We believe Jesus is the messiah and he will return to kill the antichrist and to correct the christian faith since it has been perverted. Christians who follow the path of not celebrating this pagan holidays will be saved by God alone not Jesus christ. Jesus he is the example you follow not a divine being but a pious man who ate and slept and prayed. The almighty does not sleep or eat or pray to himself. He is not the Son of God but the son of mary born miracously through the will of God with no father that's why she was called the virgin mary. Most christians deny this claim that he is the son of mary. And their argument is that he did not have a father therefore he is the son of God what about adam and eve they did not have a mother or father. Jesus is not a divine being, divinity can only be atributed to God alone. He is a creation who performed miracles with the permission and will of God. Christians do not worship Jesus christ and some sects call him God in human form. What about the 10 commandents thou shall have no Gods before me. Worship God alone and follow christs teachings not pauls of the trinity. Look into islam for the correction of your faith if you don't want to be muslim ( submission to the almighty alone the creator adam and eve and moses and noah and jesus and abraham we have all the same people in our holy books. Jesus will come and correct your faith.

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      SwordofManticorE 3 years ago from Burlington

      The end event is the end of the age of the old covenant (Matt 24:3) with the destruction of the temple. There will be no punishment after we die, because punishment is given to us while we live here. God will embrace all of us when we return to Him. Just as the Father in the parable of the prodigal son embraced His sinful son. We humans cannot understand nor grasp the perfect unconditional love our Father has for us all.

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      Joshua Infantado 3 years ago from Davao City

      I have an inclination, though just a speculation, that it will not be billions of people who will be punished by God since He is not willing for anyone to vanish.

      If you read the context of Ma. 4:1-3, the setting is an end-time event. There is no indication that it is only limited to Judea. Whether it is for judea or not, the punishment is still clear that they will become ashes under the soles of your feet and not eternal burning in hell.

      It is good that you don't believe in eternal torment. We agree on that.:)

      God's ultimate plan is to reconcile all people to Him and those who persistently and deliberately reject Him will lovingly be punished.

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      SwordofManticorE 3 years ago from Burlington

      My understanding of Mal 4:1-3 is God's wrath on Judea, not billions of people. Christ used Gehenna symbolically to warn the hypocrites of Judea that God's wrath is soon to happen. John also warned them in Matt 3:10. This warning was never meant for the gentile nations, or Paul would of warned the gentiles. But as for God giving all mankind a chance, All I can say is that "Every knee shall bow, and tongue confess that Christ is Lord". I don't believe in hell, eternal torment or annihilation. I believe in Paul's ministry of God's reconciliation with all.

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      Joshua Infantado 3 years ago from Davao City

      Which church are you referring? One of the satanic deceptions in this world is that a loving God will burn wicked people in hell forever. This is not the case. A careful study of the Bible will reveal otherwise.

      Malachi 4:1-3 states,

      For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. 3 AND YOU SHALL TREAD DOWN THE WICKED, FOR THEY WILL BE ASHES UNDER THE SOLES OF YOUR FEET, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.

      It will be an instant death to them; not eternally burning in hell.

      After the millennial reign, people will be resurrected, from Adam to the present, and they will be given the chance to know God. This is how loving and merciful God is.

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      SwordofManticorE 3 years ago from Burlington

      You wrote "Finally, the Last Great Day when all mankind will be reconciled to God." But the church teaches that most of mankind will eternally burn in hell?

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      Joshua Infantado 3 years ago from Davao City

      The plan of God is carefully laid out through the seven annual festivals written in Leviticus 23. These festivals continued to be kept throughout Christ's ministry and was kept as well by the apostles and the early Christians.

      The first one is the Passover which pictures the death and sacrifice of Jesus Christ to save us from our sins.

      Second, Days of Unleavened Bread pictures on how we should remove sin in our lives.

      Third, Pentecost pictures the day when God made the Holy Spirit available to His people.

      Fourth, Feast of Trumpets which pictures the glorious day when Christ will finally be back here on earth.

      Fifth is the Day of Atonement when Satan will be bounded for a thousand years and will finally be banished during the great white throne judgment.

      Sixth, Feast of Tabernacle which pictures the millennial reign of Christ and His saints with Him teaching people about God's law and way of life.

      Finally, the Last Great Day when all mankind will be reconciled to God.

      This is only a summary, but I hope I have given you an insight of what these feasts are.

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      SwordofManticorE 3 years ago from Burlington

      OK, what is the real plan of salvation that God has for us?

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      Joshua Infantado 3 years ago from Davao City

      God gave us specific instructions on how we should worship Him. Why don't we just do what God say? One bad thing about Christmas is that it diverts this world from the real plan of salvation of God. Instead of worshiping God according to His terms, people would worship Him according to their thinking. Instead of celebrating Christmas, why not celebrate the feasts God commanded us to celebrate? These feasts can be found in Leviticus 23. These feasts are celebrated by the Israelites, Jesus Himself, the apostles, and the early Church until now.

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      SwordofManticorE 3 years ago from Burlington

      I am a Christian, and I am surround with pagan symbols and work and live a schedule base on a pagan timetable. I don't concern myself with them as they take my attention away from God. I believe in "Live and let live" and "to each their own". I will continue to celebrate the birth of life on Dec the 25th till I die.

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      b.butler 3 years ago

      I'M 54 YEARS OLD AND HEARD THESE SAME ARGUMENTS 40 YEARS AGO. CHRISTMAS LIKE MANY OTHER RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL OBSERVANCES IS WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT. YOU CAN TURN IT INTO A WITCH HUNT FOR ANCIENT PAGAN RITUALS OR YOU CAN MAKE IT INTO A CELEBRATION OF CHRISTS BIRTH EVEN WITH ALL THE CULTURAL TRIMMINGS LIKE SANTA CLAUSE . AS A CHRISTIAN I BELIEVE IT IS ONE OF THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHRISTIANS TO TURN THE WORLDS ATTENTION TO CHRIST , THAT HE REALLY EXISTED AND CHANGED THE WORLD. AT ONE TIME CENTURIES AGO MANY PEOPLE WITH THE MENTALITY THAT YOU DISPLAY IN THIS POST FORBADE BELIEVERS FROM GROWING ROSES POINTING TO THERE USE BY PAGANS. SO WHY NOT LET THE PAST BE THE PAST AND MAKE CHRISTMAS WHAT IT SHOULD BE , A TIME OF REFLECTION UPON GODS GIVING , THAT SPURRED ALL THE CULTURAL NUANCES OF GIVING THAT WE HAVE TODAY , AND BRINGS A LITTLE BIT OF GODS GIVING NATURE DOWN TO MAN, BELIEVERS OR NOT. MERRY CHRISTMAS.