TODAY’S HOT TOPIC: Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?
Written by T.M. Gaouette | December 3, 2012
Do you celebrate Christmas? Or should I say Christ’s Mass–because that’s the origin of the name “Christmas.”
With Christmas just a few weeks away, the controversy about whether Christians should even celebrate the season has arisen once again.
Some Christians choose not to celebrate Christmas because they believe the holiday “originates from a pagan festival.” This is the same reason some Christians don’t celebrate Easter and Halloween. But here’s why I, as a Christian, celebrate all these holidays–or should I say, “holy days.”
The pagan background to Christmas is only partly true. While these Christian holidays do take place on days that pagan festivals used to be celebrated, they didn’t evolve directly from paganism.
Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and the pagans wanted to celebrate it. Since people were already celebrating on that day, the church decided to co-opt the celebrations and refocus them on the birth of Jesus Christ. The idea was to lead more people to Him. They kept some of the traditions, such as decorating a tree and hanging mistletoe, so that new followers could have an easy and familiar transition. But they gave a new focus to those traditions–Jesus Christ.
Obviously, this is a very brief explanation of the transformed celebrations. But it shows that Christmas has always belonged to Christians and Christ. Everything else is just tradition.
Did you know that the names of weekdays and months of the year originated from paganism?
All of these ancient meanings with their beliefs and associations were lost long ago. When Friday roles around we don’t think about Fria, the goddess of love. On Saturday we don’t think about it as Saturn’s day, but as our day off! The same applies to the traditions of Christmas. If one observed the days of the week or the Christmas season with their ancient associations in mind, certainly it would be wrong. But many of these things, as with our Sunday, have been given Christian connotations (Bible.org).
I believe your intentions are what counts when celebrating all these Christian holy days. If you’re celebrating Christ, then that’s all that matters. God knows what’s in our hearts!
Ladies, when you celebrate Christmas, do you think about a pagan ritual or Germanic mythology, or do you think about the birth of Jesus Christ?
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