I'm starting to wonder if it is okay with God to celebrate Christmas. I'm pretty sure that there is not one person on the face of the earth that actually thinks Jesus was born on December 25th. There is just no way. There were many pagan gods who were born on December 25th who were invented long before Jesus was born. Before 1,000 B.C. we have the following gods or demigods born on December 25: Horus, Osiris, and Attis. Before 200 B.C. we have Mithra, Heracles, Dionysus, Tammuz, and Adonis. I can gurantee you if there is one day Jesus the Messiah was not born on, it's December 25th. Also, Jeremiah chapter 10 seems to be a direct condemnation of Christmas trees:
שִׁמְע֣וּ אֶת־הַדָּבָ֗ר אֲשֶׁ֨ר דִּבֶּ֧ר יְהוָ֛ה עֲלֵיכֶ֖ם בֵּ֥ית יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃
Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel;
כֹּ֣ה ׀ אָמַ֣ר יְהוָ֗ה אֶל־דֶּ֤רֶךְ הַגּוֹיִם֙ אַל־תִּלְמָ֔דוּ וּמֵאֹת֥וֹת הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם אַל־תֵּחָ֑תּוּ כִּֽי־יֵחַ֥תּוּ הַגּוֹיִ֖ם מֵהֵֽמָּה׃
thus saith the LORD: Learn not the way of the nations, And be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; For the nations are dismayed at them.
כִּֽי־חֻקּ֥וֹת הָֽעַמִּ֖ים הֶ֣בֶל ה֑וּא כִּֽי־עֵץ֙ מִיַּ֣עַר כְּרָת֔וֹ מַעֲשֵׂ֥ה יְדֵ֥י־חָרָ֖שׁ בַּֽמַּעֲצָֽד׃
For the customs of the peoples are vanity; For it is but a tree which one cutteth out of the forest, The work of the hands of the workman with the axe.
בְּכֶ֥סֶף וּבְזָהָ֖ב יְיַפֵּ֑הוּ בְּמַסְמְר֧וֹת וּבְמַקָּב֛וֹת יְחַזְּק֖וּם וְל֥וֹא יָפִֽיק׃
They deck it with silver and with gold, They fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
I don't know how you can read that in any other way either. From what I understand, the Catholic Church started celebrating December 25th the birthday of Jesus is order to blot out the pagan festivals on that day(I'm not sure if that is true or not). But it seems to be a direct violation of the Torah:
כִּֽי־יַכְרִית֩ יְהוָ֨ה אֱלֹהֶ֜יךָ אֶת־הַגּוֹיִ֗ם אֲשֶׁ֨ר אַתָּ֥ה בָא־שָׁ֛מָּה לָרֶ֥שֶׁת אוֹתָ֖ם מִפָּנֶ֑יךָ וְיָרַשְׁתָּ֣ אֹתָ֔ם וְיָשַׁבְתָּ֖ בְּאַרְצָֽם׃
When the LORD your God has cut down before you the nations that you are about to enter and dispossess, and you have dispossessed them and settled in their land,
הִשָּׁ֣מֶר לְךָ֗ פֶּן־תִּנָּקֵשׁ֙ אַחֲרֵיהֶ֔ם אַחֲרֵ֖י הִשָּׁמְדָ֣ם מִפָּנֶ֑יךָ וּפֶן־תִּדְרֹ֨שׁ לֵֽאלֹהֵיהֶ֜ם לֵאמֹ֨ר אֵיכָ֨ה יַעַבְד֜וּ הַגּוֹיִ֤ם הָאֵ֙לֶּה֙ אֶת־אֱלֹ֣הֵיהֶ֔ם וְאֶעֱשֶׂה־כֵּ֖ן גַּם־אָֽנִי׃
beware of being lured into their ways after they have been wiped out before you! Do not inquire about their gods, saying, “How did those nations worship their gods? I too will follow those practices.”
לֹא־תַעֲשֶׂ֣ה כֵ֔ן לַיהוָ֖ה אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ כִּי֩ כָּל־תּוֹעֲבַ֨ת יְהוָ֜ה אֲשֶׁ֣ר שָׂנֵ֗א עָשׂוּ֙ לֵאלֹ֣הֵיהֶ֔ם כִּ֣י גַ֤ם אֶת־בְּנֵיהֶם֙ וְאֶת־בְּנֹ֣תֵיהֶ֔ם יִשְׂרְפ֥וּ בָאֵ֖שׁ לֵֽאלֹהֵיהֶֽם׃
You shall not act thus toward the LORD your God, for they perform for their gods every abhorrent act that the LORD detests; they even offer up their sons and daughters in fire to their gods.
I'm sure celebrating Jesus' birth is pleasing to God but in regards to following these traditions, I'm not so sure...
I once attended a church that chose not to celebrate Christmas due to the pagan roots of the tradition. So I am well-versed in how Christmas festivities have pagan roots and the scriptures that tell us to put away such things. However, I know sincere Christians that do practice Christmas. Do you believe it is wrong for Christians to celebrate Christmas? Does the dynamic change if Christmas is kept Christ-centric?
The little drummer boy . The little drummer boy, it seemed Had not a single gift to bring No money, things, or abilities No favors, deeds, or works that please. . He knew, you see, it would do no good No amount he did, or ever could Ever measure up to some Who might be rich, or from where they'd come. . Some might be from a wealthy past Or royalty and domain that's vast Some may think that skills they learned Will count for points they think they've earned. . Some may come with working hands And think their Saviour understands That the more they do, the more they give Is better than the way they live. . The Little drummer boy, you see Was no different from you or me It was not his playing or the way he'd sing But the love he had for the newborn King . God's not looking for those who feel That things they do will ever appeal In spite of your trying and doing your best Your love for Him is His one request. ©1992 David Film Reproduce freely