Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

The Yuletide season is perhaps our most beloved holiday, embraced worldwide by both the devout and the secular. However, some Christians are alarmed. Some even say that it's time to declare "Bah, Humbug!"

“Madonna and Child” by Bartolomé Esteban

We celebrate Christmas,” writes the staff at the conservative Baptist website Cobblestone Road. However, “some Christians choose not to.”

“I’m not here to tell you that people who celebrate Christmas are going to hell,” writes author Hannah Jurgelis for the website Dreaming of Perfect. “I don’t think that this is a salvation issue. But, I do think that this is something that can cause people to think twice.”

“Nativity,” a stained glass window by Edward Burne Jones (1833-1898)


Christmas is an abomination in the sight of the Lord, writes Roanoke, Virginia, pastor Harry Bethel, “There is a season of the year during which there is more drunkenness and revelry, and voluntary indebtedness is more prevalent, than any other time of the year. What I am referring to is the Christmas season. Many well-meaning Christians display slogans such as ‘Let’s Put Christ Back Into Christmas’ or ‘Jesus Is The Reason For The Season.’ But the truth is that Christ never was in Christmas and it is not Jesus, but Satan who is the reason for the season. Should anyone question my devotion to, or love for, Jesus because of my attack on the widely accepted tradition of celebrating Christmas,” continues Bethel, “let it be known that I love Jesus Christ with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength. And the question that should be asked regarding the subject at hand should not only be what is wrong with celebrating Christmas, but also what is right with it?”

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