Why I Celebrate Christmas

I have recently been exposed to people who either refuse to participate in Christmas, or do so marginally, because they believe that because of its roots it is a pagan holiday that should not be celebrated by Christians. I want to tackle this subject for a minute today, because I think that it’s also a good argument to celebrate it. 

As part of the Alternative Lifestyle, we try to engage our culture in order to transform it with the Good News, and Christmas is a perfect example! It is true that Christmas was originally a pagan holiday, but when people who had celebrated that holiday their whole lives became followers of Christ, they used the holiday to celebrate the birth of Christ. They impacted their culture, and they are still impacting ours – they changed the world. If you ask 99% of the people in America what Christmas is about, they will say that it is a celebration of the birth of Christ, and we have those Christians to thank for it. It may have been a pagan holiday at one time, but there is no question, at least in my mind, as to whether or not it is still one today. We are celebrating the Son-God this season, not the sun-god.

So if you are going to use that argument against Christmas, you must be consistent. You must also not celebrate Easter, because it also has its roots in pagan culture. And you must completely reject anything that could remotely be considered a Halloween alternative. Even if everyone starts singing about Jesus rather than witches and demons and such, more people come to church than any other time of the year, and there is tremendous potential of sharing the Gospel, you still should reject it because, after all, it had it’s roots in a bad holiday, and apparently the change of focus means absolutely nothing if it is celebrated on the same day as Halloween was.

But there is a deeper principle here – the matter of the heart. While it may be true that Christmas was originally a pagan winter festival, Christmas today is, for me, a very worshipful time of year, the most worshipful holiday. It is the only time of year that I can be at work and hear that Christ was “born that man no more may die” and “come let us adore Him.” It is when I get most overwhelmed with the wonder of it all, that God would send His only son to be born, live, die, and live again – for ME!

So those who choose not to celebrate Christmas have every right to do so, but I think that the logic is flawed. And they are missing out on what has been described as “the most wonderful time of the year!”And that’s why on this blog we are celebrating Christmas – a day we choose to celebrate the fact that Christ came to earth.Merry Christmas Eve Eve! 😉

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~ by lukewil86 on December 23, 2007.

2 Responses to “Why I Celebrate Christmas”

  1. Nice post, Luke. I’ve also posted about the relationship between Christmas and Easter, but from a slightly different perspective. I’d love your feedback and the opportunity to continue the conversation.

    Grace and Peace,
    Raffi Shahinian

  2. Definitely very interesting. 🙂 I was waiting for 9 o’clock to come so that I could see this post. 😛 And now I’ve taken over 2 weeks to reply… But since my reply is too long for a blog comment, I’m e-mailing you.

    God bless,
    Elisabeth

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