What do you think about this? Christmas celebration


"Question: "Should Christians celebrate Christmas?"

Answer: The debate about whether or not Christians should celebrate Christmas has been raging for centuries. There are equally sincere and committed Christians on both sides of the issue, each with multiple reasons why or why not Christmas should be celebrated in Christian homes. But what does the Bible say? Does the Bible give clear direction as to whether Christmas is a holiday to be celebrated by Christians?

First, let’s look at the reasons why Christians do not celebrate Christmas. One argument against Christmas is that the traditions surrounding the holiday have origins in paganism. Searching for reliable information on this topic is difficult because the origins of many of our traditions are so obscure that sources often contradict one another. Bells, candles, holly, and yuletide decorations are mentioned in the history of pagan worship, but the use of such in one’s home certainly does not indicate a return to paganism. While there are definitely pagan roots to some traditions, there are many more traditions associated with the true meaning of Christmas—the birth of the Savior of the world in Bethlehem. Bells are played to ring out the joyous news, candles are lit to remind us that Christ is the Light of the world (John 1:4-9), a star is placed on the top of a Christmas tree to remember the Star of Bethlehem, and gifts are exchanged to remind us of the gifts of the Magi to the baby Jesus, the greatest gift of God to mankind.

Another argument against Christmas, especially having a Christmas tree, is that the Bible forbids bringing trees into our homes and decorating them. The passage often cited is Jeremiah 10:1-16, but this passage refers to cutting down trees, chiseling the wood to make an idol, and then decorating the idol with silver and gold for the purpose of bowing down before it to worship it (see also Isaiah 44:9-18). The passage in Jeremiah cannot be taken out of its context and used to make a legitimate argument against Christmas trees.

Christians who choose to ignore Christmas point to the fact that the Bible doesn’t give us the date of Christ’s birth, which is certainly true. December 25 may not be even close to the time Jesus was born and arguments on both sides are legion, some relating to climate in Palestine, the practices of shepherds in winter, and the dates of Roman census-taking. None of these points is without a certain amount of conjecture, which brings us back to the fact that the Bible doesn’t tell us when Jesus was born. Some see this as proof positive that God didn’t want us to celebrate the birth, while others see the Bible’s silence on the issue as tacit approval.

Some Christians say that since the world celebrates Christmas—although it is becoming more and more politically correct to refer to it as ‘the holidays’—Christians should avoid it. But that is the same argument made by false religions that deny Christ altogether, as well as cults such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses who deny His deity. Those Christians who do celebrate Christmas often see the occasion as an opportunity to proclaim Him as ‘the reason for the season’ among the nations and to those trapped in false religions.

As we have seen, there is no legitimate scriptural reason not to celebrate Christmas. At the same time, there is no biblical mandate to celebrate either. In the end, of course, whether or not to celebrate Christmas is a personal decision. Whatever Christians decide to do regarding Christmas, their views should not be used as a club with which to beat down or denigrate those with opposing views, nor should either view be used as a badge of honor inducing pride over celebrating or not celebrating. As in all things, we seek wisdom from Him who gives it liberally to all who ask (James 1:5), and accept one another in Christian love and grace, regardless of our views on Christmas.

Recommended Resource: The Purpose of Christmas, DVD by Rick Warren."

So is it wrong to celebrate Christmas or is it right? I have heard many people tell me things like "the only things Jesus celebrated were baptism, and weddings! He didn't celebrate bdays, or anything else so we shouldn't celebrate anything else!"

Well that may be true but Jesus didn't mandate in the Bible to celebrate weddings did He? Nor baptisms or anything else, yet we celebrate them all!!! So if we are able to celebrate one thing what's wrong with celebrating the others? We are not idolizing the Christmas tree nor the bride or groom, we are grateful for what GOD has given to us and just want to enjoy Jesus' birth and pray to Him and His glory! Just with a few extra lights or ornaments here and there! Is that a bad thing? Are we doing wrong? I hope not...I really hope not...

But your opinions are appreciated..please comment as much as you'd like...looking for insight on the subject..GOD bless.


what is recommended, rather than well-meaning advice from a non-Catholic preacher or writer, is to observe the Church liturgical year, seasons and feasts, and to celebrate with the Church, and to bring the celebration home to the domestic church. Just because pagan peoples who were evangelized retained some harmless cultural customs, and incorporated them into their own traditions, does not make them automatically evil or even suspect. If we can baptize pagan people we can also "baptize" or legitimate and make holy, pagan customs if they do not otherwise involve any pagan worship.

If you are German or of German descent, have a Christmas tree. As long as you do not dance naked around it sacrificing to false gods you are good to go.

If you are Polish, serve pierogi Christmas eve and have your own customs

If you are of Mexican descent have a posada.

and so forth.

If you are an American and therefore embrace all cultures, celebrate in any non-sinful way that appeals to you--and by all means sample all the ethnic food you can find.

Just as we are not limited to praying in Church, neither are we limited to celebrating the liturgical feasts in Church. Home and family is the proper place to observe these feasts including any cultural customs of your people.


Thanks for your input! Very interesting…I appreciate it!


It comes down to this. The Church has celebrated the Advent and Christmas seasons for many centuries before the second-guessers (aka protestants) came along.

Aboslutely reject the crass materialism that “CocaCola Christmas” has come to be. But DO keep the baby when you toss the bathwater. He’s a pretty important baby!


You are a Catholic. There is no debate about whether or not to celebrate the Feast Days of the Church. In the early Church there was no debate on whether to celebrate feast days either, but rather only discussions on the calendar itself.

So, what other religious groups say about the matter, and whether they debate it until they are blue in the face, is of no consequence to a Catholic.

And, as a Catholic I do not recommend you read/watch Protestant books/pastors such as Rick Warren. Turn to solid Catholic authors for your spiritual reading.

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