Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

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Given the roots of many customs and traditions, is it wrong for Christians to celebrate Christmas? Should we ban Father Christmas? Stop buying gifts? Refuse to send Christmas cards? Throw out the tree? Not necessarily. There are three things we should bear in mind:

  1. There is nothing sacred about the day. No one knows the birth date of Jesus. But whatever dates is chosen it will be disputed because no one knows for sure.
  2. The occasion can best be celebrated by sharing it with family and friends in a way that deepens relationships and glorifies God.
  3. It is an ideal time to witness to the world and share the good news about Jesus Christ whose birthday they celebrate, although in ignorance.
God’s footsteps coming down to walk in man’s footprints demands fanfare Click To Tweet

I love Christmas! It seems to me that the occasion of the Infinite becoming an infant, of God’s footsteps coming down to walk in man’s footprints demands fanfare, and bright lights. If some of the paraphernalia gets in your way, dispense with it but don’t presume that by doing so you are more holy or godly than others who choose to embrace it.

make the light of his love shine on our faces and in all that we do for others Click To Tweet

The star of Jesus was the brightest star in the skies above Bethlehem that night. Can we accept the challenge to make his light shine through the darkness of paganism and sin? Or is our light so dim that it is threatened by the bright lights of Christmas. Remember, the light will not be seen in the sky this Christmas. God has now reduced himself to human agents. You and I must make the light of His love shine on our faces and in all that we do for others. How bright is your light?

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