3 Reasons I Don't Miss Out by Not Keeping Christmas

Submitted December 24, 2012

3 Reasons I Don

I’ve never celebrated Christmas. A lot of people have the same question when they find this out. “Don’t you miss out? I mean, don’t you ever wish you kept Christmas?” It doesn’t bother me when people ask that. They’re usually well-meaning and just don’t understand how I can do without something that seems so good to them.

My answer is always the same. “Nope, I don’t miss out at all!” Here’s why.

1. Christmas doesn’t represent Jesus—Even though it bears the name of Christ, Christmas doesn’t represent His life, His death, or what He does for Christians today. There’s lots of info on UCG.org about what the holiday does represent, and it’s obvious that Jesus is not the reason for the season.

2. Christmas is all about get; a Christian’s life is all about give—It might be called “the season of giving,” but Christmas is an advertiser’s dream come true. It seems like, even when intentions are good, Christmas brings out the greedy side in otherwise good people. But Christians are all about giving. Giving their lives to God and serving Him fully is right in the Christian job description. Christmas can only gets in the way of that noble goal.

3. Christmas is a poor replacement for God’s Holy Days—God gave people a wonderful set of fun-filled, meaning-filled and giving-filled Holy Days. These festivals give us a picture of God’s plan for each person’s salvation—way more meaning than Christmas! What’s more, Jesus Himself celebrated the Holy Days, and He’s our ultimate example for how to live.

So why don’t I miss out by not celebrating Christmas? It’s because God’s way of life is so much richer and more rewarding. The Bible shows how I can live by showing me how Jesus Christ lived—and Christmas isn’t part of the equation.



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rogeliofeir

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Whoever makes a comment on this matter will surely draw flak. Christmas is an ideal media dream. All hype and big business




snick.spider

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When I think of all the years I have wasted on Christmas, even after I thought celebrating it was not pleasing to God. However, after many years of pleasing God and putting His commandments first over the traditions of men, it feels like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders. Now I realised how enslaved I was to Christmas.

It is interesting, the Christmas tree was an idol in ancient times, children were sacrificed under green trees (evergreen trees) and high places to Tophets: Isaiah 57:5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying children in the valleys under the clefts of the rocks? It is indeed very strange that Christmas is the very festival that people put the emphasis on with children; but it was not child friendly by any stretch of the imagination.




Rose Marie

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Here's what I think -- although Christmas has pagan roots and most don't understand the true meaning of what some true believers celebrate, why cast a dark shadow over it? It is still a day that the Lord can use to draw souls into His Kingdom. My prayer is often "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, give me the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Since we cannot change what is, why not take an "What Satan meant for evil, God meant for good" attitude. You don't have to celebrate it but you might win souls for God's Kingdom by sharing the Salvation message at this time. So what do you think?




irini_limaj

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Rose Marie,
I am new at this too and have been having arguments at home about this, my husband thinks we should celebrate it kind of for the same reasons you do and I sometimes lift my shoulders thinking "I don't know, maybe I am being too paranoid, maybe you are right" but then I think shouldn't Jesus be disgusted that his name is associated with these pagan holidays and these pagan gods, I mean used like a cover up? I mean if this was a day like any day, that had no previous meaning or history and the church kind of picked a date that they thought was close to his birthday, maybe I would say, yes, maybe we should celebrate it just to draw more people near (although many say we are not supposed to celebrate his birthday at all)...but this day, it just seems more wrong the more I think about it.



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