If I hear one more person complain about Christmas' (or any Christian holiday's) pagan origins, I'm going to go insane. Guess what? In case you've never seen a Bible before, changing the date goes against Christian law, too. Deuteronomy 12:30 clearly states, "and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, "How [did] these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.""
This was written to the Jews of that time, but for the people of today seeking God, this means that Christians aren't to adopt beliefs or practices from other religions, especially in how we worship.
The reason Christmas is celebrated on the day it is, is because some old pagan traditions celebrated different things around this time of the year, so the Christians of those days decided to change the time we celebrate Jesus' birth, in order to make it easier for the pagans to convert. Now, here's the problem with that: Deuteronomy forbids that.
Honestly, doesn't changing the time we celebrate the birth of our Savior, the very Son of God Himself, for the sake of some pagan tradition, sound like the sort of thing people would try to do today, and I would come onto this blog and complain about?
It totally is, because no matter how many people point fingers in internet comment sections, it was totally un-Biblical and un-Christian to do. Same with Easter. Yet regardless of the fact that the Bible itself speaks out against the activity, people of other beliefs continue to shove this in our faces, as if Christians today were responsible for it. Guess what? It violates our beliefs, too.
So yes, both sides (should) disagree with what happened, but it happened. Society could change anything about itself that it wanted to at any time, but nobody seems to want to, so Christmas is staying in its current spot. Can we all please just shut up about it and enjoy the holiday?
Even though it's placed in the incorrect spot on the calendar, it's meant to celebrate Jesus, the Savior of the world, who paid the debt of all of our sins. That is truly the greatest gift of all, and when our earthly riches fade and the end comes, we'll fully grasp how much that statement really means.
In the meantime, a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all! God bless you all and anyone with whom you might be spending the holidays, according to His perfect will, in Jesus' name. Amen.