Origins of and Attitude Towards Christmas

There is obviously a lot of historical information about the origins of the Christmas holiday. Many say that it has pagan roots and we shouldn’t celebrate it. This article has a different point of view based on different data. I have no idea about the validity of it, since I’m not a historian and haven’t looked deeply into the subject, but I’ll pass it on. If you don’t want to spend the time on the article, I’ve provided a quote.

Paganism could have a secondary or distant relationship to Christmas without having the sort of prominent influence that critics of the holiday often suggest. It’s not as though heavy pagan influence, on the one hand, and no influence at all, on the other hand, are the only options. There’s a large spectrum of possibilities between the two. The less significant the relationship between paganism and Christmas, the less significant the objection to Christmas based on such a relationship. Meat sacrificed to idols had a relationship to paganism, but Paul considered it acceptable to eat such meat (1 Corinthians 8, 10). The relationship was distant enough to not be significant. If somebody is going to avoid Christmas because of distant pagan associations, then does he also avoid food, kitchen utensils, furniture, clothing, calendars, etc. that have been associated with paganism in some way?

Triablogue: The Origins Of The December 25 Date For Christmas
HT: @NWBingham

Then I’d like to mention one of my favorite posts on Christmas that has changed my negative view of it. It has one of the best terms ever created in the blogosphere–holiday infested aisles.

Reading Reflection-Housewife Theologian

I’m still not very enthusiastic about holidays, being an ‘everyday is the same’ type of person (Romans 14:5). At the risk of sounding prideful and uppity, I prefer to ‘celebrate’ on a weekly basis through worship/prayer, all of the things that the holidays contain. It still doesn’t hurt to especially concentrate on valuing and praising God for certain amazing things He’s done, although I think the Eucharist is one that is the most important and what has been commanded in Scripture that we do.

But if we’re going to celebrate the birth of our Lord, we might as well go all out with gaudy lights and lawn ornaments, gifts that the receiver may or may not like with shiny wrapping paper that doesn’t look fashionable except on the presents or possibly somebody on the red carpet of a Hollywood awards show, and music that seemingly only I seem to get so tired of it drives me to the brink of insanity, although I already am nearly there without it. One thing that I do, is remember to tell Jesus Happy Birthday every time I wake up on Christmas day. Thank you Lord for always reminding me.

2 Responses to “Origins of and Attitude Towards Christmas”

  1. 1 Stan McCullars

    Thanks for the post. I enjoyed the articles you referenced.

    I had previously struggled with all things Christmas, being a weaker brother and all. I am grateful for good teachers who have helped me with this. I’m still not as robust in my celebration as I would like to be but I’m heading in that direction.

    I recommend Douglas Wilson’s new book, “God rest ye merry – why Christmas is the foundation for everything.” It’s a small but meaty book.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks for the rec. Looks like we’re in the same spot on our journey in this regard. It’s sure a lot better this way. Hope you have a nice Christmas.

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