What truly amazes me is how much of this negativity comes from Christiansabout the celebration of Christ’s birth.
I find it curious that two of the biggest holidays many Christians would like to do away with are:
And all for the same arguments:
They are pagan
These events did not occur on these exact dates
They are commercialized / fictional characters have overtaken the true meaning of these celebrations.
If we were to cross every day off of the calendar so as to be 100% sure that we were not celebrating Jesus Christ, His birth or His resurrection on a day that had no evil historic meaning or pagan influence, we might as well forget the whole idea altogether.
I refer you to two posts by my dad that address this subject. He has done hours of research into this issue, and I think you will find the information fascinating:
What about it?
Seriously. Are these issues related only to Christmas?
If that wasn’t a year-round problem, diets would be non-existent. Kids wouldn’t be spoiled. Malls would be empty. Credit card companies wouldn’t exist.
Yet I have never witnessed as much giving and generosity as I do at Christmastime.
Now – I’m sure that every Grinch out there probably just said, “yea – but where are they every other month of the year.” They are giving – giving to charities just like they do at Christmastime. We see them come out in hordes during times of natural disaster, famine, floods, earthquakes. If you don’t believe me, visit my friend Adriel’s blog where she shares how many birth kits she’s received for the birthing centers in New Guinea, so women can have safe and sanitary births! All sent all year long.
Of all the people of the world – we, as Christians, should be the ones to celebrate
So, we are presented with a choice:
We can get all caught up in the minor details until we’ve lost the true meaning of the season,
We can let the way others choose to celebrate steal our joy, or
Jesus Christ – the center of our faith!