Yep — I don’t celebrate Christmas.
Yep – I still love and serve my Creator.
It has nothing to do with an aversion to cinnamony smells and sweet treats…
but it has everything to do with Who I worship and what He desires.
Here are some of the reasons why I no longer celebrate Christmas.
Reason #1: Materialism
With the bazillion sales that transpire during the season and the multitudes of shoppers that emerge – too often spending their savings, going beyond their budget, charging up credit cards, putting off paying their bills and even taking out loans -, it’s a no-brainer to see how materialistic the season is (as an overall whole).
(for arguments sake, acknowledgment is made that there is a minority that does not fall into this category).
Reason #2: Gift giving = love
Perhaps that sounds like a ridiculous equation… and it is.
And perhaps not many would admit they believe such an equation (sure, there are some that do not)… But there is a vast tendency to fall into the trap that holds the big lie that says ‘to show someone your thoughtfulness towards them or that you really love and care about them, is to lavishly gift them’. (especially around this season, but not limited to)
Reason #3: The origins of Christmas
This can be a very touchy subject, indeed.
Once upon a time, Christmas was even banned among some Believers.
If one puts forth even a little effort, one can discover where this holiday originated from and what it represents.
In a nutshell, it commemorates sun worship, celebrating the re-birth of the sun and the winter solstice. December 25th is, also, the birthday of Mithras, a pagan god, commemorating a pagan festival, all tied to sun worship. And there is the festival of Saturnalia… and more.
I won’t go into anymore details here as, if one does a simple internet search, one would likely be blown away by the historical facts and truths that have gotten buried regarding this day.
Reason #4: Trees, bulbs, wreaths and the trimmings
This reason really belongs with #3. As one discovers the origins of the day, one discovers the original significance of the traditional trimmings that are included in the celebration of the day. ‘Nuff said.
Reason #5: Jesus is not “the reason for the season”
He just really isn’t. Researching reason #3 will reveal that this ‘season’ existed long before the birth of Jesus and it was a completely different reason to be celebrated. Furthermore, there is no evidence that Jesus was born on December 25th. In fact, there is far more evidence that he was born during the fall/autumn, during one of the Appointed Times/Feast Days of our Creator – The Feast of Tabernacles – which would, also, be a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. If one were to acknowledge/celebrate the birth of Jesus, does not this mentioned time (The Feast of Tabernacles) more appropriately fit the adage of “Jesus is the reason for the season”?
Reason #6: What it means to me doesn’t matter
“That’s not what it means to me”. I hear it often. I used to say it often. But, really… if I love my Creator and have a heart and resolve to serve, honor and obey Him, then “That’s not what it means to me” DOES NOT MATTER.
The only thing that matter is: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HIM?
We must evaluate our OWN selves… using Scripture as our standard, not our excuse.
So, with this reason, I only leave the following:
“When יהוה (YHVH- the LORD) your Elohim does cut off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, guard yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire about their mighty ones, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their mighty ones? And let me do so too.’ Do not do so to יהוה (YHVH- the LORD) your Elohim, for every abomination which יהוה hates they have done to their mighty ones, for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their mighty ones.”
“And in vain do they worship Me, teaching as teachings the commands of men. Forsaking the command of Elohim (God), you hold fast the tradition of men.”
I love Him. Enough to obey. Enough to honor. Enough to identify.
Enough to sacrifice my own way, my own everything.
It is not grievous. It is a delight!
May we always seek Truth. And may we be courageous and walk in It.
“And if it seems evil in your eyes to serve יהוה (YHVH- The LORD), choose for yourselves this day whom you are going to serve, whether the mighty ones which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the mighty ones of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But I and my house, we serve יהוה (YHVH- The LORD).” – Joshua 24:15