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!"

BY: Rob Kerby, Senior Editor

 

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That’s not to say that Christmas hasn’t been twisted, even perverted, they admit.

Scene from the film

Scene from the film “Nightmare Before Christmas”

“Gone are the days of holiday films inspired by blankets of pillowing snow and caroling door-to-door,” laments Drew Read, director of the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia, Georgia. “No, today the Christmas movie scene is characterized by death, adultery, strippers and other dark, nontraditional holiday ’themes’ highlighting loneliness, tragedy and feelings of worthlessness. Why have holiday films grown dark? Are movie-goers depressed? Should teens have to walk through a character’s journey with death, an affair and addiction to understand the hope of the season?

“What kind of effects is this ’seasonal content’ having on today’s youth?” asks Read. “Where has the message of redemption, hope and grace gone? How do parents fight the onslaught of negativity and ‘adult’ issues filling the theaters this season and get their kids back to embracing the hope found in a Savior’s birth?”

1960s Coca-Cola ad

1960s Coca-Cola ad

“Hollywood, since the beginning, has sought to create ‘holiday tradition,’” writes the Cobblestone Road staff. “Santa traditions were recreated, laced with worldly songs and materialistic attitude ‘Remembering Jesus’ was taken out and ‘warmth and home’ were brought in– so much so that the suicide rate is very high at Christmas.” Due to unrealistic expectations, “people want to experience what they see in the over-the-top Christmas movies. Humanism has sought to kick God out of society all together. Even at Christmas, the manger scene which once was the focal point of the town square during Christmas is now considered ‘offensive.’ The Grinch is now the main attraction.”

“Annunciation of the Shepherds” by Horenbout

So, why shouldn’t Christians boycott the holiday? Why shouldn’t we stand holy, pure and aloof from the drunkenness and materialism and denial? “The Christmas season is a great opportunity for the Church to preach about why Jesus came to earth,” writes Cobblestone Road. “Many unsaved people who do not darken the door of a church all year long will come to church on Christmas. Hopefully, the pastor will preach a sermon on the Lord Jesus and His purpose for coming to earth to redeem His creation – sinful mankind. The purpose of any sermon is to bring honor and glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. A Christmas sermon should point people to their need of the Savior.”

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