What to do with Christmas?

Now that we have entered into December, Christmas is fast approaching; what do we do with it?  After all, there is very little likelihood that Jesus was born on December 25.  In fact, it is much more likely that He was born sometime in the spring, although I’m not prepared to sign on to any specific date unless you’ve got some massive historical proof… and you probably don’t.  We do know that the December 25th date coincides with ancient pagan festivals and the birth of Christ was probably attached to that date for cultural and political reasons over a thousand years ago.  Since then, any look at real history will reveal that Christmas has a checkered past, not to mention a checkered present!

What I’m getting at is that when we say that “Jesus is the reason for the season” this just simply isn’t so!candle-753717a

Wait!  Don’t send hate mail quite that fast… read on for another minute first… please.

There is also no reason that we can’t agree to observe His birthday in December.   Yes, I know that one day is like another, I don’t need the Bible citations, for I have them right here on my desk.  Tell me, why not teach about His miraculous birth now?  In fact, since the season is a cultural phenomenon, why not take advantage of our culture to teach about Jesus while we have everybody’s attention?  It seems to me that this is an annual opportunity to redeem many to Christ; would you really let the opportunity pass when more people than normal are willing to listen?

Well, clearly some would let the opportunity pass for all sorts of reasons that I could name here, but I won’t!  Maybe I’m crazy, but it seems to me that as long as we have been commissioned to spread the gospel, I’m not willing to take December off; let’s use this as a prime opportunity to teach about the birth of Christ, not only as a Bible narrative, but as the beginning of the last chapter in God’s plan of redemption, which is exactly what His birth is, whatever the date.

You may not choose to have a tree and all of the hoopla at your house, and that’s fine by me; go ahead and explain it to the kids if you want to.  Go ahead and spread Christmas jeer if you want, but count me out.  I’m going to teach about the birth of Jesus Christ and what that means for every human being, and I’m going to do so right here on my blog.  Go ahead, let the hate mail come my way!

Hey!  Hows that for a rant, pretty spicy huh…

OK, seriously, why not join together with all of Christ’s followers everywhere and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout this season?  Observe the day as you see fit, but let’s not miss the opportunity to make this Christmas season the season of salvation for as many as we can? If we do, then Jesus will become the reason for the season after all.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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15 Responses to What to do with Christmas?

  1. No hate mail, sir, ’cause you are dead-on right. The birth of Jesus means that everything has changed; redemption is guaranteed. Let’s party like we mean it. And by the way, let’s not cry “persecution” when the clerk at J. C. Penney wishes me a happy holiday.

  2. Dan Ledwith says:

    As usual, two thumbs up.

  3. I agree with you! Even though we don’t know the exact day of His birth we should still celebrate the day and the season. This was the most miraculous day in the history of the Universe and I don’t care if it wasn’t December 25th. This was the day of my Saviors birth and I will share it with others and celebrate it in December and every other day of the year! 😀

  4. wr1ghtlexi says:

    When I was in Miami for Christmas in 2011, the church I attended there gave us all Bibles and a CD and DVD all bible-related stuff as a boxed gift set and we all got one and were to give it to someone we felt God speaking to us to give to and I loved doing it! Count me in for spreading the word about Jesus and the good news! Also, I heard Jesus was most likely born in October but as you pointed out, there is no actual documentation of this so I will be celebrating Christmas with the intent of spreading the word about our Lord and Savior! 🙂 I hope someday to make it back to Miami and to be there during the Christmas season so I can do the whole gift of God’s word as a present again since many many people were reached by all of us distributing 1 Bible and some even came to church after! Of course if I see an opportunity I will gladly gift somebody who does not have a Bible one for Christmas. I think I may even have someone in mind. 🙂

    • Don Merritt says:

      What a great idea! Thank you for blessing us with that; I hope that someone might read your comment and do the same thing that the church in Miami did!

      • wr1ghtlexi says:

        It would be awesome if all (true) churches (that teach God’s word without adding or subtracting from it) did this! I hope someone else reads the comment and thinks to do it too (and had the money and ability to do so). You are welcome.

  5. Hey Don, I am glad I stopped and read your post. It reinforces my opinion about Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLqzKYmTGcc. Check this out regarding “Christmas” I was surprised myself when this was shown to me….not so sure December date it was about mitigating the impact of the pagan holiday, Winter Solstice. At the end of the day, God knows when He was born, and what difference does it make any way….thanked GOD He was. 🙂

  7. You may say why “not take advantage of our culture to teach about Jesus”, but that should not mean that Christians should enjoy themselves having ornamented trees, have some figures which they celebrate and of which one is supposedly god, though no pictures or sculptures may be made of God or heavenly beings, according the commandments of God. They also should keep their hands off elfs, like Father Christmas or Santa Claus, which with his reindeer has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus.

    As you rightly say this season is really also a season where followers of Christ should let others know the most precious gift we have received and forever can receive. Nice you put this present in the first place; Hopefully others can come to see what they can , may and shall have to do in the future. Those spreading the Word of God can help people to grow in the faith and though we may be living in this world making that we are not of the world, but of Christ and in Christ.

    That all may enjoy the end of the civil year, like in June they may enjoy the end of the academic year, but have their thought and their hearts in the right place, close to the son of God, his works and to the works of his Father, the Only One God.

    God bless.

    • Don Merritt says:

      Thanks for sharing your views. They give everyone some important things to think about as far as the season we are in. Clearly, it is important for all of us to keep our focus where it needs to be: on Christ no matter how we celebrate (or don’t).


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