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Is their anything wrong with celebrating Christmas? Do Christians need to be mindful of such festivities? Here is a look at the origins of Christmas and how the God of Abraham felt about ancient festivities rooted in Christmas.

Observing false godsEdit

The prophet Amos prophesied God's wrath against Israel for the observance of a foreign god. Israel held Christmas-like festivities in honor of a Mesopotamian star-god,[Amos 5:26] whom the Romans later adopted into their pantheon of gods. The false god came to be known as Saturn (See Sakkuth and Kaiwan). The Romans honored Saturn during the winter solstice, from December 17 to the 23rd, in a festive period known as Saturnalia. Gift-giving was done on the final day, called The Sigillaria, where pottery or wax figurines were given as traditional gifts.

Amos 5:16-27
[16] “Therefore this is what Jehovah the God of armies, Jehovah, says::‘In all the public squares there will be wailing,
And in all the streets they will say, “Alas, alas!”
They will call on the farmers to mourn
And the professional mourners to wail.’
[17] ‘In every vineyard there will be wailing;
For I will pass through your midst,’ says Jehovah.
[18] ‘Woe to those who yearn for the day of Jehovah!
What, then, will the day of Jehovah mean for you?
It will be darkness, and not light.
[19] It will be like a man who flees from a lion and is confronted by a bear,
And when he enters his house and leans his hand against the wall, a snake bites him.
[20] Will not the day of Jehovah be darkness, and not light;
Will it not have gloom, and not brightness?
[21] I hate, I despise your festivals,
And I take no pleasure in the aroma of your solemn assemblies.
[22] Even if you offer me whole burnt offerings and gift offerings,
I will find no pleasure in them;
And I will not look with favor on your communion sacrifices of fattened animals.
[23] Spare me the din of your songs;
And let me not hear the melodies of your stringed instruments.
[24] Let justice flow down like waters,
And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
[25] Did you bring me sacrifices and gift offerings
For those 40 years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
[26] Now you will have to carry away Sak′kuth your king and Kai′wan,*
Your images, the star of your god, whom you made for yourselves,
[27] And I will send you into exile beyond Damascus,’ says he whose name is Jehovah
the God of armies.”

Pagan customsEdit

Do Christians know that when they celebrate Christmas, they are actually observing pagan customs?

The following is a list of pagan concepts and traditions:

  1. Santa Claus
  2. The mistletoe
  3. The Christmas tree
  4. Exchanging of gifts
  5. Burning candles
  6. Burning Yule logs
  7. Hanging decorative wreaths
  8. Caroling