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The Truth About Christmas



The Advocate of Truth
Dec 2016     







Christmas celebration is first mentioned in  A.D. 336 in a Roman calendar, indicating December 25 as the day of celebration. At that time of year (year's end) the Romans held celebrations to Saturn, their god of the harvest. This was known as the Saturnalia. The celebrations included eating special foods, using greenery to decorate homes, along with gift-giving, and singing.

Christmas had become the most important religious festival in Europe by A.D. 1100. Saint Nicholas became a symbol of gift-giving to many Europeans. Christmas was increasing in  popularity until the Reformation in the 1500's. Many people then began to question the celebration of this festival because of its pagan elements. Later, Christmas was outlawed in England, and in some parts of the English colonies in America. However, the customs of Christmas soon began to be followed once again.

During the 1800's, tree decorating and sending Christmas cards became popular customs. During this same time, the singing of newly composed Christmas carols came about. In some countries, including the United States, Santa Claus, instead of Saint Nicholas, became the symbol of gift-giving.
     
During the 1900's, Christmas grew in importance as a commercial enterprise. This commercial aspect of Christmas is still with us, today.

     --The World Book Encyclopedia, C-Ch, pp. 528-529; S-Sn, pp. 150,153.

We can see from this short description of the World Book Encyclopedia that the celebration of Christmas is an invention of man, not a command from the Lord. It is based  upon following the pagan customs of man, and is It was not introduced into the practice of any church, apparently, until A.D. 336, and then by a Roman calendar. A number of churches, from the time of the Protestant Reformation onward, have recognized the paganism of Christmas celebration at various times. But, instead of settling the issue once and for all, it seems that these churches have bounced the pagan element of Christmas back and forth like a ping pong ball.

As just one example of the Scriptures condemning a pagan custom relating to Christmas celebration, let us read Jeremiah 10:1-5. "Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good."
     
The practice of  cutting a tree and decorating it for the pagan custom of idol worship became a standard practice in celebrations down through the years. Some will say, "But I don't worship the Christmas tree today." Why, then, do you have the tree in your home at all, and why celebrate Christmas since it doesn't honor Christ?

It was not introduced into the practice of any church, apparently, until A.D. 336, and then by a Roman calendar. A number of churches, from the time of the Protestant Reformation onward, have recognized the paganism of Christmas celebration at various times. But, instead of settling the issue once and for all, it seems that these churches have bounced the pagan element of Christmas back and forth like a ping pong ball.


The Church of God, 7th day, Salem, W.Va. has settled the issue. The unbiblicalorigin, and continued celebration, of Christmas should not be partaken of.

David DeLong