Christmas is fast approaching—the most wonderful time of the year! It’s the time when people give gifts, sing Christmas carols and visit loved ones they haven’t seen in years. And the most wonderful part of the holiday, of course, is celebrating our Savior’s birth. But not everybody feels this way.
Instead, we’re seeing something strange happening in our nation, something many conservatives call “the war on Christmas.” You see it in schools, stores and government offices. One middle school banned all songs mentioning Jesus from its holiday choir. And one principal in Nebraska went so far as to prohibit a whole list of Christmas symbols and activities. This ridiculous list included Christmas trees, carols, candy canes (because the J shape stands for for Jesus), reindeer, Santa Claus, and even red and green items!
But is this behavior justified? Is Christmas truly even a Christian holiday?
As many Christians know, Dec. 25 is most likely not the actual day Jesus was born. If you’ve researched the history of Christmas, you know that many years ago, pagans celebrated winter solstice with a festival. The early church tried to pull attention away from that pagan celebration, so they created a Mass in honor of Christ, which is where we get the word “Christmas.”
So really, Christmas isn’t a pagan holiday; it’s a tradition the Roman Catholic Church has passed down over generations. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke both recount Jesus’ birth, though from different perspectives. And while the Bible never commands us to celebrate Christ’s birthday, I think it’s wonderful to do so.
As the years have passed, more traditions have been added to the Christian holiday. For instance, one tradition that was added is giving gifts. Another example is Santa Claus, which many families now include in their Christmas festivities. The interesting thing is that Santa Claus is actually based on … read more
Not Surprisingly, the Assault on Christmas and Jesus Continues
13 Minutes – December 12th 2018
People who are anti-God are amping up their efforts to get rid of any vestiges of religion or Christianity from the culture. But remember, when someone says Happy Holidays, the latter term actually means “holy day.”