So the Christmas craze has just about run its course. So it’s perfectly reasonable for me to bring it up again right now. Because some Christians are under the weird impression that it’s not ok to celebrate Christmas at all.
What? That doesn’t make sense. Well, let’s examine their reasoning.
“It’s taken from a pagan holiday. All the symbolism we use is originally from heathen rituals.” So? That’s what Christianity does: it steals from pagans. We take what they’ve made and dedicate it to God. Cain’s descendants were the first to perfect the arts of music and metal-working, to name a few. Should we then not play music or use metal knives? Of course not! We plunder the house of the strong man because he has been bound. It’s a slap in the face of the devil to see something that he intended to bring people away from Christ being used to bring them closer to Him. “Men meant it for evil, but Yahweh meant it for good.”
“Christ wasn’t born on December 25th.” Again: so? He was most likely born in mid-September. In fact, there’s probably a record of the census called by Caesar (that I am far too lazy to look up). So why do we? For the symbolism. December 25th is the 3rd day after the winter solstice (the longest, darkest night of the year). This date was chosen to show that just when things seem their absolute worst, when there is no light, there will be a resurrection after three days. The Church didn’t choose a random date.
“You should be celebrating Christ’s birth year round and not be distracted by material gifts on one day a year.” Well of course we should be always thinking of Christ’s birth. But a holy day is a day that we take to specially meditate on the Birth of Christ. The whole Church calendar takes us through the life of Christ over a year. It spreads it out. Advent, Christmas, Pentecost, Lent, and more all serve to help us meditate on special aspects of the Incarnation. We’re mortal, and there’s only so much we can think about at a time. As for gifts, of course it’s easy to be caught up in material things. But this world by nature is material. To think otherwise is gnostic and heretical. We celebrate the greatest Gift of all by giving gifts to one another. Real, Godly love spills out in every direction. Godly love makes it impossible to do anything but bless and love other people. To not give gifts shows that we don’t really understand what Christ did for us.
“It’s too worldly.” Just because the world does something doesn’t make it wrong. Christmas is a blaring example of this. It is the one day when people all across the world gather to celebrate Jesus whether they like it or not. It’s a picture of what the world will look like once the Great Commission has been fulfilled. It’s the opposite of worldly. It’s what the world should be like. Do people celebrate it for selfish, unChristian reasons? Of course. But just because they misuse something does not mean we should put it away. It simply means we should show them a much better way to celebrate Christmas by being filled with Christ’s love and the greatest Gift.
Those Christians who refuse to celebrate Christmas are isolationist. They assume that they can conquer the world by completely withdrawing from it. This is flatout wrong. Any questions?