What does the Bible say about Christmas?

Philippines
December 23, 2007 8:30pm CST
Anybody know about what the Bible says about celebrating Christmas? Should Christians celebrate Christmas? I need your opinion?
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@deebomb (15319)
• United States
25 Dec 07
There is nothing in the bible about celebrating Christmas. The celebration of Christmas was adopted by the Church as it expanded. It is a pagan holiday and was adopted by the church because so many were celebrating it and they wanted to expand the number of the church. The bible does say that if you are going to celebrate a day do it unto the Lord. I don't have a text for this.
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• Philippines
26 Dec 07
Do it unto the Lord? But it come's from pagans and we still have to celebrate it for the Lord?
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@deebomb (15319)
• United States
26 Dec 07
We can put Christ in the pagan holiday and keep it unto the Lord by worshiping Him in many ways. We can give to the poor visist the sick and go to church. If we don't do it unto the lord it is just another pagan celebration
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
27 Dec 07
It was a pagan holiday and thanks to the greed of commercialism it has returned to the materialistic pagan holiday it was always suposed to be.
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@fectoab (72)
• Canada
31 Dec 07
It's funny how most people blindly follow the crowd in celebrating certain holidays such as Christmas without even thinking or researching what it is that they're really celebrating. I think it's good to reassess stuff like this because if it isn't in the Bible then where is it from? What does it mean, and does God approve of it? I've also researched what Christmas is all about and I found some interesting points that I'd like to share with you. First of all, the Encyclopdia Americana says, and I quote: "The reason for establishing December 25 as Christmas is somewhat obscure, but it is usually held that the day was chosen to correspond to pagan festivals that took place around the time of the winter solstice, when the days begin to lengthen, to celebrate the 'rebirth of the sun.'... The Roman Saturnalia (a festival dedicated to Saturn, the god of agriculture, and to the revewed power of the sun), also took place at this time, and some Christmas customs are thought to be rooted in this ancient pagan celebration." (1977), Vol.6,p.666. So in short, the Christmas celebration is based on a pagan festival celebration where they worshipped the sun. Notice what the Encyclopedia Americana says next: " During the Saturnalia... feasting prevailed, and gifts were exchanged."(1977,Vol.24,p.229) Does this not remind you of how people are celebrating Christmas these days?? Some might not see the objection of sharing in celebrations that have unchristian roots. They say they do it for the kids and the whole spirit of giving, nevertheless, Ephesians 5:10,11 says: "Keep on making sure of what is acceptable to the Lord; and quit sharing with them in the unfruitful works that belong to the darkness, but, rather, even be reproving them." Think about it, if God disapproved that his people got mixed up with idol worship in the past, in fact he severely punished them for it, why would he feel any differently about it today? There is a perfect example of this in Exodus 32:4-10. Notice how the Israelites adopted an Egyptian religious practice but gave it a new name, "a festival to God." God was not flattered by this action and he punished them. Even though these celebrations appear harmless to our eyes, God knows where they originated and why. Shouldn't his view point matter to us? See this illustration I read in a book: "It would be like having a cowd of people come to a gentleman's house saying they are there to celebrate his birthday. He does not like to see people overeat or get drunk or engage in loose conduct. But some of them do all those things, and they bring presents for everyone there except him! On top of all that, they pick the birthday of one of the mans' enemies as the date for the celebration. How would the man feel? Would you want to be a party to it? This is exactly what is being done by Christmas celebrations." In the end, isn't it all about pleasing God and doing what he wants even if it isn't the popular choice?
• Philippines
1 Jan 08
Thanks for a very informative comment. I agree with what the Ephesians 5:10,11. So the question is: Did God permit the celebration of Christmas? Base on what the Bible says, I don't think so.
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@buenavida (9169)
• Sweden
6 Jan 08
Thanks, fectoab for the great research you have done, it seems very clear what this celebration comes from. It is great to be free from it. I have been free from Christmas stress for 47 years..!:)
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
26 Dec 07
The only reason christmas was added to the christian holidays was to get more pagans to join the church. The 25 of December was a big pagan holiday and was a convenient day to celebrate the birth of Christ so they combined the pagan holiday with a new christian one to get the pagans to convert. It took awhile to get the whole thing worked out because it went the wrong way for awhile but now if you over look the greed of christmas presents I guess they have it all worked out finally.
• United States
24 Dec 07
Christmas isnt menchend in the bible. And celebrating christmas, you need to remember why we clebrate it. Its not the gifts, its giving and sharing Jesuses birth.
• Philippines
26 Dec 07
Yup. You've got an idea.
• Craig, Alaska
23 Jan 08
Do you have bibical proof that Jesus was born on Dec. 25Th? I've never read in the bible the date he was born. Tell me when you find it and where to find it. I don't celebrate christmas because its not in Gods word, and if you read britannica.com you'll find some evil history about this man made holiday. there is nothing holy about it. http://www.britannica.com/search?query=christmas&ct=&searchSubmit.x=0&searchSubmit.y=0
@skayzer (41)
• Sri Lanka
31 Dec 07
In this mordern world all culltural festivities have become almost completely commercialised. As christian to me christmas is a time to remember what christ did for us over 2000 years ago. We should be thankfull for his kindness to us.. And the best way to do so is tospread the joy of christemas to those who are less fortunate in any way possible even if it is smile:) *I have only come to realise this only this year* "May god bless you and I pray that the flame of your faith does not burnout...:)"
• Philippines
1 Jan 08
Thanks. Of course I won't let my faith fade away just like that. But we can also help the unfortunate not just at Christmastime.
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• India
24 Dec 07
As far as I know, the Romans popularised Christianity for political reasons. It was nothing but a political agenda. Then they terrorised everybody into becoming Christians; just like the British came to our country (India) and terrorised or bribed my Hindu ancestors to become Christian. Ok, the Romans has a Feast of the Sun, in honor of the Sun God. The Roman Emperor simply made it the Feast of the Son, the Christmas that we celebrate today. The Bible does not give us specific dates. The Bible tells us nothing much about the life of Christ except what the founding fathers of this religion want us to know and believe. Now, this is what someone told me... LOL.. I haven't researched this myself.
• Philippines
26 Dec 07
Yup, I've research it an that is the truth. December 25 is not the actual date Jesus was born but that is the celebration of the ancient relegion in the Roman Empire.
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@624das (1)
• United States
9 Nov 08
The Bible does not say to honor this day.This holiday is a pagan holiday, man made. In Jeremiah 10:2-8 it tells us what God says about x-mas trees. We use them as idols. Ask yourself this question..... Does God really want us to spend all our extra money, go into debt, be stressed out in the stores,etc.... just to please others with gifts? When we should be spending time with him and family in honor of Jesus.We have birthdays for gifts. I believe God wants us to use our money wisely, and not on a comericalized holiday. I would rather give a person money for food then buy a gift they cant use. God Bless You, Ms. Dawn