Yesterday was Christmas. All around the world people took time out of their regularly scheduled lives and celebrated this festival. Not everyone calls it the same name, but it is a world day of celebration. Here is the United States everything stops. Businesses close and people gather together to spend time feasting. Food and Drink, and often gift giving is had.
But yesterday as people we celebrating in their homes with family, my daughter and I drove to the airport to pick up my brother, his wife, and my nephew. There was a small snow storm and the roads were not plowed, after all it was Christmas morning. As we drove, we talked about what an inconvenience it was to us that the roads were not plowed. Funny how our view of Christmas had changed so much over the years.
But often it is hard for our friends and family to truly understand why we have nothing to do with Christmas at all. For our family Christmas is about celebrating the birth(coming) of Jesus Christ, Our Saviour. So, it is really hard for them to understand why we would not do that.
Today a friend posted on facebook: “I’m thankful that I grew up in a secular home in which no religious meaning whatsoever was attached to Christmas. It was treated as a “winter festival of kindness and good cheer”, which is what it is to me even to this day.”
This was a very helpful comment to me. It made me realize exactly how to explain to others why Christmas is NOT a day I choose to “set Apart.”
My oldest son started working at Wal Mart this year. Since Thanksgiving he has worked at the store selling things to people getting ready for Christmas. OFten he would come home and tell me how rude, stressed, and frustrated many of the buyers were. The people would be grumbling and complaining as they shopped for this special day. I have to tell you I had forgot about the madness of shopping for Christmas. Funny thing is I used to love doing “black Friday” with my mom and sisters, or my mother in law and sister in law. I loved going with them and spending the day together. But as we slowly drifted away from the gift giving of Christmas, it seemed sort of sad to go out and see all the people going crazy over material items. So, I had forgotten that people still do that. I have no problem with bargain shopping or gift giving. I do have a problem with rude, mean, and selfish behavior. And I did not like seeing that in myself or my children. So, that has been such a blessing of peace in our home. The greed and selfishness that is attached to Christmas is hard to see when you are in the midst of it. BUt now, since we have been outside of it a few years now, it is easy to look back and see we were so selfish and greedy.
But this is NOT the only reason we let go of Christmas. Christmas was allows about Christ growing up, and it was always about Christ in our home. So we thought. But when we found out that it wasn’t even about Christ at all and never was, it sort of rocked our world. Yeah, we said, well, that is what it means to me, for a couple years. But after a while it just couldn’t be true. YOu see, we knew, we knew that Christ was NOT born on December 25th. We knew that Christmas was NOT a day for celebrating Christ. ANd for a few years we thought like my friend, that we could just make it about family and gatherings. But you see even our family and friends that don’t celebrate Christmas as A HOLY DAY, see it as a day to remember Christ birth. So, when we would say we are going to grandma’s for Christmas, everyone, even secular people,would hear we are going to celebrate Christ birth. Especially, since, we are indeed, religious people. Everyone who knows us knows we are very outspoken about our Christian faith. So, it just didn’t sit right with us anymore to pretend we were ok with celebrating Christmas.
You see the TRUTH is simple YHVH God wants us to celebrate and worship Him ONLY. He wants us to do it in the WAYS He says. He wants us NEVER TO WORSHIP HIM LIKE THE PAGANS DID AND DO WORSHIP THEIR GODS. And you see no matter how we tried to pretend the truth is the catholic church adopted Christmas from false pagan religions. IT IS NOT IN THE BIBLE. IT IS NOT the Day of Messiah’s birth. Once we knew this we just could not know and disobey.
Here are the verses that caused us to have to obey.
“The Lord our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.” (Deuteronomy 29:29, NLT)
“When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.“ (Luke 12:48, NLT )
There are more. But as you can see, we truly had no choice but to let go of Christmas. YOu see YHVH God is going to hold us accountable for what we know and understand.
Maybe you don’t know the truth about Christmas. If not here is a short article that will help you get started on finding its true roots. https://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/Christmas_TheRealStory.htm
The sad truth is the Catholic church proudly admits that they took a pagan holiday and made it a Christian holiday to make life easier for people to be apart of the church. For us, we can not use the saying, “that’s not what it means to me,” anymore. Because it doesn’t matter what it means to me, it matters what it means God. And quit frankly, I fear YHVH GOD more than man.
So, Christmas to us now is just a day that we wish were celebrated in fall to honor and obey God’s command to set apart for the feast of Sukkot. It would be so awesome and wonderful if all God’s children closed their businesses and took a day off to truly honor and obey YHVH God and celebrate HIs promised Messiah, and His Second coming.
MAy you keep learning and growing in Truth. Keep studying and growing.