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Christmas

"For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter" (Jeremiah 10:2-4, New International Version).

Incorporating traditions used in worship of the pagan gods Mithra and Saturn (among others), Christmas has its roots in just about everything but Christ's birth. Find out where Christmas really came from and what God thinks about people observing it.

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  • by Jerold Aust
Many people know the Bible doesn't mention Christ's followers observing Christmas. So where did the holiday come from, and does the Bible condone it? Does it make any difference as long as it's intended to honor God and bring families together?
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  • by Dan Dowd
Many Christmas customs can be traced back to the ancient worship of false gods.
  • by United Church of God
How well do the customs and traditions of Christmas match the biblical account of Christ's birth?
  • by United Church of God
In view of centuries of criticism of the commercialization of Christmas, it is interesting to note that the holiday's secular, not its religious, aspect, has been most responsible for its popularity.
  • by United Church of God
Christmas is one of the world’s most popular holidays, celebrated by people of many faiths. Yet the holiday has a strange and convoluted past, one hinted at in such puzzling symbols as decorated trees, holly wreaths and mistletoe.
  • by United Church of God
Why do we do some of the curious things we do? Why pretend that a jolly man in a red suit gives toys made by elves to children on one night a year Why pretend that rabbits lay eggs? And why do it in the name of religion?
  • by Gary Petty

You may look forward to Christmas but what happens afterwards? Are you truly...

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  • by Jerold Aust
Christmas is popular and profitable, but is it really holy and harmless?
  • by Andy McClain
Our family loves to camp. When we are unable to make it to nearby state park, we will often camp in our backyard.
  • by Jeremy Lallier
"Well hey there, neighbor!" says your coworker. He's propped his elbows up on the dividing wall your cubicles share as he waves a greeting in your direction.
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  • by Jerold Aust
Where did the idea of a "merry Christmas" come from? Did it begin with well-meaning Christians who wished only the best for others, or are its origins considerably older than we might suppose? Does wishing others "Merry Christmas" please God and Jesus Christ? The answers may well surprise you!