[warning with video does not use KJV Bible, but it shows the pictures and Bible warnings in a very good way]
I used to enjoy Christmas, my Catholic family got into it quite a bit, with presents, dinners and parties, Right before I came out the Catholic church, I would repeat: "Jesus is the reason for the season" and tell fellow Catholics [this is while I was in RCC] to try and not focus on Santa and his elves so much but make sure kids and others knew it was "jesus's birthday"!
I never would have dreamed in my case that one day I would reject Christmas. Christmas is a hard one, 99.999% of the churches celebrate it out there, and the Jehovah Witnesses do not count because they deny Jesus Christ as God. The entire world goes into a frenzy to celebrate this holiday, parties, shopping and the rest. Stepping out of the fray, does part you from the crowd. Just some months after I was saved, I was convicted about Christmas, I was reading through my Bible and found this verse by accident:
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
Jer 10:3 For the customs of the people [are] vain: for [one] cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
Jer 10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
Well what does this sound like?
Looking at the history of Christmas, one realizes that the holiday was chosen by the Roman Catholic church to continue the Roman holiday of Saturnalia, as well as an overlap with the winter solstice, and even modern day witches admit this:
One of the four minor Sabbats, Yule celebrates the rebirth of the Sun, the Sun God, and honors the Horned God. Yule is the longest night of the year, when balance is suspended and then gives way to the coming light. It is a time to look on the past year's achievements and to celebrate with family and friends. In ancient times, the Winter Solstice corresponded with the Roman Saturnalia (Dec. 17-24), pagan fertility rites, and various rites of Sun worship. This day is the official first day of winter. The Goddess gives birth to the Sun Child and hope for new light is born. The origins of most of the Christian [CATHOLIC]Christmas traditions come from the Pagan Yule celebration, such as the Christmas tree, the colors red and green and gift giving. Yule is also known as the Winter Solstice, Midwinter, Alban Arthan, Finn's Day, Festival of Sol, Yuletide, Great Day of the Cauldron, and Festival of Growth.
the sign above says:
"Ye Olde Yule Log
The burning of the Yule Log is an ancient custom, ante-dating the Christian Era by centures. It was a part of a gay Festival honoring the mythical god Thor. Later, the English made it an integral part of Christmas Eve festivities, even as the beautiful ChristmasTree, tho' likewise of Pagan origin, is so dear to our hearts as a Christmas symbol."
If one takes time to research the origins of Christmas and many of its customs and more, they will find out fast, it is NOT Christian. Here a Christian needs to remember those warnings that Jesus made about the false "traditions of men". Do your own research here, and realize this is one holiday bringing in much of what the Bible directly warns about. Many of the traditions are false, such as singing O' Tannebaum which basically is worshipping a tree.
Many do not realize this, but all Protestant denominations rejected Christmas, and did not celebrate it. Only towards the end of the 19th century as the holiday was promoted via commercialization, and the growing Catholic presence in America did this change.
Tom Breen writes:
In researching his book, Christmas: A Candid History, Forbes discovered that major American denominations - Presbyterians, Baptists, Quakers, Methodists and Congregationalists - either ignored the holiday or actively discouraged it until the late 19th century.
That rejection was rooted in the lack of biblical sanction for Dec. 25 as the date of Jesus's birth, as well as suspicion toward traditions that developed after the earliest days of Christianity. In colonial New England, this disapproval extended to actually making the holiday illegal, with celebration punishable by a fine.
One part of Christmas that is alarming to me personally is teaching children about the great lie called Santa Claus [or Satan's Claws?]. When I was a small child, my parents meaning well told me about Santa Claus bringing us presents, but sadly when I turned around 8 years old and realized Santa was not real, I started asking "Well if Santa Claus is not real, what about God?" This planted a seed of doubt in my mind that would last for years. We see how Christmas really has become a festival of greed. Children are trained to write, and ask Santa Claus for his "blessing" and presents. Even here, why is lying to children sanctioned? Thusly children are led into idolatry in a very subtle fashion. One of the best essays online, is Santa Claus: The Great Imposter? Please read this essay especially if you have children, and if you have introduced the Santa Claus story to them. There is much about the Santa Claus story that attempts to make a mockery of God's word: one is Santa [or as this essay points out Satan's] claim of omnipresence such as in the old Christmas song "Santa Claus is Coming To Town"; which goes: "He sees when you are sleeping, and he knows when you're awake"..... There is a reason, Santa sits on a "throne" for children to come visit him at the mall.
Over the years, I have talked to people about Christmas, it is not easy. Some have been Christians who have been unwilling to let go of this holiday. With those who are not saved, this is an more intense issue, someone really needs the conviction of the Holy Spirit to understand. This is an issue, that Christians themselves should be informed about because their churches in most cases, are promoting Christmas. I thank God here too, that when I had that first question about Christmas from reading that verse in the book of Jeremiah, that there were other Christians to warn and tell the truth about this holiday.
One warning about the celebration of Christmas, In studying Colossians 2:16, which states "16Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." more and more I believe this refers to Jewish holidays, why would God's Word provide an "out" for holidays that worship Baal? Sadly many apply this verse to Christmas. I hope any that read this will be encouraged to check these things out for themselves. Leaving the things of this world sometimes is not easy, but it must be done. God does call us to separate from the things of this world. These things are abominations to God, the Christ-MASS, [referring to the false Catholic Mass] is something no Christian should celebrate or wish someone a Merry one either.