Long before December 25th was associated with the birth of Jesus Christ the Lord, winter celebrations have been observed in various ways around the world. From the Norse celebrating Yule to the ancient romans celebrating saturnalia in honor of their pagan god Saturn. The question that I am going to propose is this: Should Bible believing christians celebrate christmas? Before you answer, lets begin by looking at the history of this day and also how ancient pagan practices have been left behind for centuries.
The Norse were a pagan civilization that worshiped gods such as Thor and Odin and were known to have had human sacrifices. In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated the holiday called Yule from December 21, the winter solstice, through January. In recognition of the return of the sun, they would bring home large logs, which they would set on fire. This custom is still kept in some homes to this day, burning the yule log during Christmas. Now you tell me, what has this pagan tradition of burning a yule log have anything to do with celebrating the birth of Jesus?
The celebration during the winter solstice for the ancient Romans was Saturnalia- a holiday celebrating the god of agriculture, Saturn. It was observed beginning in the week leading up to the winter solstice and continued for a full month. It was a hedonistic time where food and drink where plentiful and the normal order of things was turned upside down. Businesses and schools were closed so all could join in on the celebrations. During this time, some also celebrated the birth of Mithra- the pagan god of unconquerable sun- on December 25th. To the Romans, this was the most important day of the year.
In the early 4th century, Catholic leaders decided to institute the celebration of Jesus’ birth. They had a problem though, no where in the bible does it say the actual date of Jesus’ birth, nor does it say we are to honor this day at all, but Pope Julius the 1st chose December 25th, the same date of Mithras birth, keeping all the evil traditions alive anyway. Now since Catholicism decided all of this, should we obey Roman Catholicism or God which warned us about her in Rev 18:4 and 5
…Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5: For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”
Probably the most common symbol associated with christmas it the christmas tree. The origins of this custom date back long before it was adopted into christmas. The evergreen tree itself in many ancient cultures was believed to keep away witches, ghosts, and evil spirits. The early Romans during Saturnalia decorated their homes with boughs of evergreen trees as did the Druids. Germany is credited with starting this tradition as it is kept today, during the 16th century. They would cut evergreen trees down, decorate them with various things like apples and candles and place them in their homes. The origin of this practice of decorating evergreen trees comes straight from the heathen religions, Shall we do as the heathen do?
- “…2Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. ” (Jeremiah 10:2)
Now we come to the infamous santa clause. History states he was actually a 4th century Catholic Bishop that was admired for his charity. Legend states that he gave away all his inherited wealth traveling the countryside giving to the poor and sick. He has many names around the world: Santa, father christmas, St Nick and Kris Kringle just to name a few. Kris Kringle actually means Christ-Kind and that is exactly what this satanic character is trying to replace, Jesus Christ. The similarities are there if you just look. Santa knows when you are good or bad, when you’re sleeping and when you;re awake. He has a list of all the good and bad. He is a carpenter and his hair and beard are white like snow. If you were to ask a child who this was just by this description alone would they say it was Jesus or Santa? We lie to our children about a fictional character, but fail to teach them the truth about Jesus Christ. We tell our children to be good or santa won’t bring them any presents, but what about teaching them to obey God and his word when it says in:
Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord
If this all these similarities seem innocent to you remember what was written of satan in
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High
Satan will try to replace Jesus anyway he can, he is the father of lies. (John 8:44)
Now, after knowing all this information just given, I’ll ask the same question from the beginning:
Should Bible believing christians celebrate christmas? No we should not celebrate this day. We as christians should not want to keep these pagan festivals alive. Their roots are satanic. Only the facade has changed to appear to be so called christianized. Its not about putting Christ back into christmas either, Jesus Christ never had anything to do with christmas in the first place. Catholicism changed its name, but thats all they did. All the pagan elements are still there. We are never told to celebrate the Lords Birth or remember it in some outward showing. On the contrary we were told to remember his death.
1st Cor 11:26
24And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
But you would say, Its a time of giving and joy. Don’t we, as Christians, do this always? Why do we need a special day for this? Please consider this message prayerfully.
” For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)
“23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24)
I appreciate you asking for my opinion, I hope you can check out one of my blogs. I think Christmas is a proclamation of the gospel’s success. Christmas renews a culture from paganism, materialism and all other things that are not of Christ. No other time of year but Christmas do I hear of so many good works done in creation. People look at these historical origins I think with eyes of pessimism instead of wonder of the gospel’s accomplishment.
Wow. Steve, before I even READ this, I had decided not to do Santa Claus for my children, one day in the future. It didn’t seem right to me. This article has only reinforced that decision. Thank you.
Now about celebrating this holiday, I’m not sure if I agree COMPLETELY with your words. However, I will respect it and consider.
The Lord Jesus Christ, MY Father revealed this to me a long time ago. What I ask the unbelievers is this how can we give God anything since the whole earth is his. Also, no lie comes from the truth. None of his disciples in the Bible celebrated his birthday. That seed that was placed in Mary by the Holy Ghost existed eternally. My Father, Jesus clearly says come out from among them and be ye separate. If you rearrange the letters of Santa you get Satan. The Bible says to prove all things by the Word of God. Only Herod’s birthday in the new testament was kept and he cut of John’s head to. The Bible says beloved do not follow that which is evil.
Thanks, Sister in Christ, Diane