We celebrate holidays out of love
No one knows the exact day Jesus was born so why is his birthday celebrated on December 25th? Also, if the death of Jesus is supposed to be the most important Christian holiday why is his birth the biggest holiday celebrated and most commercialized? Signed, Why Christmas
DEAR WHY CHRISTMAS>>
My girlfriend celebrated her birthday every year on the same day until she found her birth certificate and discovered she was born on a completely different date. Had she not celebrated her birthday at all, because she didn’t know the correct day she was born, she would have missed out on years of celebrations in her honor and fond memories. Christians don’t celebrate the day Christ was born, but rather Christ himself. We believe prior to Christ being born all of humanity was in darkness, separated from God, doomed because we were unable to enter heaven due to our inherited sinful nature. However, God’s people trusted in his promise in the book of Isaiah which said a child would be born, and son given, to reconcile us back to himself, if we believed. When the Christ child was born, it was such a wonderful event that both heaven and earth rejoiced. There was a great light of hope that came into this dark world. Mankind would no longer be separated from God due to sin, but if we accepted the gift God gave us in his son Jesus, we would have access to heaven and God the Father forever (2 Cor. 5:19). Even today the birth of Christ sparks joyous feelings of hope, peace, and love. God gave us his son, the most precious gift we could receive, and on Christmas we celebrate this gift and express our thankfulness to him by also giving and receiving gifts, as well. I believe Christmas is the most popular Christian holiday because it’s the most enjoyable, and also the most commercialized because it generates a lot of money for businesses. People, especially in our country, spend millions and millions of dollars to celebrate the holiday. Some religions and individuals have a problem with Christmas being so commercialized, but I don’t. I believe it’s possible to have elaborate celebrations and generous gift giving while celebrating Jesus’ birth, as long as he stays at the center of the festivities. As far as Easter you’re correct, it is the most important Christian holiday, but it’s also the most somber. Each Easter we remember all that Jesus suffered and his brutal death for the remission of our sins. It’s one of the least commercialized holidays and it doesn’t generate as much commercial business. We are not required to celebrate Christmas or Easter as part of our faith, and they are not Biblical ordinances. They are holidays we celebrate out of love. Blessings to you and your family.