Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

@hotpress (205)
United States
November 12, 2006 10:13pm CST
Some religious people say that Christmas is a pagan holiday. The Bible also says it is pagan to put a Christmas tree in your house. If Christmas is about Celebrating Jesus, why do we all buy gifts for family members rather than giving gifts to the poor?
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@sagarbx (732)
• India
14 Nov 06
i m hindu but i also celebrate christmas.
@hotpress (205)
• United States
15 Nov 06
Party With The Flow - Most people do celebrate Christmas on some level, rather all the way with gifts and truly celebrating it for the sake of Jesus, but some people may just be "going with the flow". Are you a conformist even though your own non-Christian religion does not indicate that you should be celebrating Christmas?
I am not too sure if other Hindi people are religiously celebrating christmas, but from your last comment, this doesn't seem to be the case. Tell me, how do you go about celebrating Christmas and do you feel that you are just "going with the flow" or being a conformist since your religion does not indicate that Hindis should celebrate Christmas?
@amsharma (1861)
• United States
15 Nov 06
Hindi is a language. You mean HINDUS. I know alot of Hindus that celebrate Christmas. Unlike alot of other religions, Hindus dont believe that there is any RIGHT religion. Im a Christian and I do celebrate Christmas. Giving each other gifts is symbolic to the gifts that the wisemen gave baby Jesus. I married into a Hindu family and my inlaws celebrate Christmas as well.
@hotpress (205)
• United States
17 Nov 06
Following The Flow - We all "go with the flow" sometimes.
Thank you for enlightening me on Hindi versus Hindu. The two words can easily get confused. It seems, from your comment, that you were not born into a Hindu family, although there are many people in India who are born into Christianity. Just wrote the post to remind people that they should be more sincere with whatever they believe in since it seems many people will celebrate anything just to "go with the flow".
@shooie (4985)
• United States
15 Nov 06
Map for life - bible
hmmm interesting....could you give me chapeter and verse where it says not to about the tree in the bible and what book of the bible it is in? I know the watch tower group doesn't celebrate Christmas or at least they are taught not to.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
15 Nov 06
I do not believe there is any scripture in the Bible relating to Christmas trees.
• United States
19 Nov 06
There can't be because Christmas trees were a later invention. The pagans would celebrate the solistice by putting green boughs around. But, no trees decorated. That came much, much, much later (I'm thinking 17th century Germany, but could be wrong).
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
15 Nov 06
I celebrate Christmas, and so does every other Christian that I know. And that's the way it should be.
@hotpress (205)
• United States
17 Nov 06
Why should it be this way? Is it just because you and your friends have always celebrated Christmas? Just because you always do something doesn't mean you should keep doing it (if your only reason is because you've always done it). Please take a moment and think about why you and your friends are truly celebrating this and other holidays. What is your reason for this season?
@hotpress (205)
• United States
21 Nov 06
Well, atleast you have a reason other than just getting free gifts. Thanks for reply.
@mjvictor (305)
• India
15 Nov 06
its up to all of us..... there is no rule to buy gifts for family members... we can serve the poor with it....
@hotpress (205)
• United States
19 Nov 06
I know that there is no "rule" of how to celebrate Christmas, but exchanging gifts is the "norm". More people who are truly focused on celebrating Jesus and what he has done for the nation, would be more inclined to mimick their life after him and practice working with the poor as he did.
@emarie (5450)
• United States
28 Nov 06
christmas was adopted by the christians from pagan beliefs, the birth we celebrate is actually one of a peagan birth. i think we should give to everyone, even i try to give to those less fourtunate then me. come see one of my discussion topics...
@yogitha (1893)
• India
21 Nov 06
YES
@akotalagato (1335)
• Philippines
21 Nov 06
sure. i think christmas is about family get togethers. bringing the family closer and remembering God. For me its just a time to bring the family closer and reflect on things. I'm pretty sure that isnt againt christianity. and i think God wont be against that either.
• India
19 Nov 06
yes they do celebrate christmas even am non christians celebrate christmas
@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
19 Nov 06
tree - tree
I celibrate christmass for the honer of giving something to someone. I want to but have not had the chance yet to volunteer to a kitchen the feeds the homeless on the hollidays. I think this is the best gift that I can give. I also would like to be able to get my step son involved with this but it is hard as his dad has him and my wife cant get him on christmass. my step son as the give me, giveme attitude which if he gave as a volunteer might help
• India
17 Nov 06
ya why not
@manzician (4730)
• India
17 Nov 06
YEa... Why not.. I am an Indian and I also celebrate it...
• India
17 Nov 06
yesn they should.
@kslcash (198)
• United States
17 Nov 06
I don't know about that buy I love christmas. It's so beautiful and peaceful during the holidays. It's about family and christ and giving. I don't know but I am going to buy someone's child a christmas gift this year. You know sometimes we have people in our family that is poor or less fortunate.
@erprabhu (229)
• India
17 Nov 06
yes
@pagli84 (1850)
• Netherlands
15 Nov 06
i think christmas has become more of a cultural tradition than a religious holiday anyway. some of my relatives are muslim, but they live in the US...so they "celebrate" christmas. i think most people have forgotten the origins of christmas, and it's more of a time to spend with family and exchange gifts. but that is just my opinion. i dont know how it is in other countries.
• United States
14 Nov 06
I definately think it is a good way to bring families together that normally dont get together. I think it should be celebrated by christians and if they want a christmas tree then put up a christmas tree if not then dont. But it is the meaning that is the most importance of christmas. The birth of Jesus. But if you want to celebrate it with presents and stuff go ahead.
@achilles7 (1276)
• India
13 Nov 06
During christmas we celebrate the birth Christ.The birth of christ is celebrated even by agels. They gave praise and thanks to the Almighty Father and informed the Good News for all that a savior is born.We are celebrating this historical event when we celebrate chritmas. It is not pagan. In the bible the birth of Christ is celebreated by angels. On the christmas day people get intoxicated with drinks and it is pagan AND AGAINST CHRISTIANITY.