A reader left the following comment in response to this post:
Question: Christmas spirit – shouldn’t the only spirit in us be the Holy Spirit? After doing a study on christmas: where it came from, what the current customs resemble, we found it was actually pagan-based! As Bible-loving Christians we do not celebrate christmas anymore, only have an advent-style Bible reading around this time and definitely no gift-giving. It saddens me to see soooo many Christians still following this tradition: 25 Dec is actually a pagan festival date; Jesus was not born in December; and the Bible NOWHERE commands us to celebrate His birthday. Do some research about this, you will be quite surprised. Love your blog, I read it regularly.
To be honest, I’ve been waiting for a comment like this to come through. Last year, I was absolutely barraged with comments against Christmas. Most of them were rude, by the way, and I didn’t publish them. I have to say that I appreciate this reader’s charitable attitude. Her kind “tone” comes through in her comment, and that is the reason I published it and am sharing it here.
The other reason I’m sharing is because it seems necessary I make a statement on why I celebrate Christmas. If my previous blogging experience is any indication, I have a number of readers who do not celebrate Christmas. I respect that. I do not blog about Christmas to offend my readers of other faiths. I do not blog about Christmas because I think everyone in the world should celebrate the way I do, or even celebrate at all. What I blog about here is part of who I am and what I believe. No strings attached.
But, just so you’ll know, this is not an argument, debate or even a conversation. I’m telling you why I believe in and celebrate Christmas. You can agree or disagree.
Now, let me get on to answering this reader’s questions and explain why I celebrate Christmas.
[reader] Christmas spirit – shouldn’t the only spirit in us be the Holy Spirit?
My reference to “Christmas spirit” was in no way incarnating a holiday or trying to make it equal to the God-head. By “Christmas spirit”, I simply mean a spirit (attitude) of thanksgiving, joy and giving, and one that keeps Christ in the center of the celebrating. That, in my opinion, is the “Christmas spirit.”
[reader] After doing a study on christmas: where it came from, what the current customs resemble, we found it was actually pagan-based! As Bible-loving Christians we do not celebrate christmas anymore, only have an advent-style Bible reading around this time and definitely no gift-giving.
I do not celebrate Christmas because I’m an ignorant Christian who does not know her stuff. I’m familiar with the history of Christmas and the pagan traditions that many refer to. I’ve read all that. I understand the pagan customs that surrounded the holiday throughout the centuries.
I find those pagan customs to have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, as I celebrate it, for one reason: You have to dig deep to find out what those traditions even are. They are not a part of the Christian celebration of Christmas, and they have not been for hundreds of years. Ever since the birth of this country, Christmas has always been a Christian holiday. Yes, our culture has “paganized” it by over-commercializing and materializing it. But Christmas has been a Christian holiday for centuries. To me, it still is and always will be a Christian holiday, simply because it is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
[reader} Jesus was not born in December; and the Bible NOWHERE commands us to celebrate His birthday.
I am fully aware that Jesus was not born on December 25th. I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who actually believed that Christ’s birth was on December 25th. The day He was born is not so important as the fact that He was born and He is the Son of God.
I am also aware that Scripture does not command us to celebrate His birth; but have you ever considered the great extremes God Himself went to to “celebrate” and announce the birth of His Son? Just something to think about.
The fact is, Jesus Christ was born. December 25th has long been the day selected to honor His birth. There is nothing pagan about commemorating the birth of our Savior. Every religion that I know of honors the birth of its leader. Why shouldn’t we as Christians honor the birth of our Savior, the one true Messiah?
[reader] Do some research about this, you will be quite surprised.
As I previously stated, I am well acquainted with all the arguments against Christmas. We live in an area that is highly populated by a religious group who, along with observing other extra-Biblical traditions, do not celebrate Christmas. Believe me, I’ve heard all the arguments.
To be completely honest, there are enough “real issues” in our culture to worry about besides fussing over Christmas. What kind of testimony do we give our world when we- believers in Jesus Christ- stick our noses in the air and refuse to even acknowledge the day that celebrates the birth of our Lord? Just maybe, the world needs to see how true Christians celebrate Christmas and what the day should truly be about.
As a final note: Because of the debate surrounding this issue, I am not opening this post to comments. If you agree with me, just smile and go pour yourself a mug of hot cocoa. 🙂 If you disagree, please realize that this is who I am and what I believe. You won’t find me leaving nasty comments on your blog because I disagree with you; in fact, I probably won’t be reading your blog at all, since I don’t make a habit of patronizing those with whom I am in direct disagreement.
I have no desire to sound stuck-up, rude, or in any way offensive. But if you read my blog, you will have to realize that this is a non-negotiable subject for me. I am a born-again Christian. I believe in and celebrate a Christ-centered Christmas.
If this is more than you can handle, please find another blog to read.