Wish I would of got this out to y’all earlier..but better sooner than later…
Why do you keep christmas? How do you keep it? Where did your traditions come from?
I personally have not kept x-mas for a few years now. But how did this come about? We never were quit “normal” – My family had always made each other gifts, besides the store-bought presents. And we always read Luke chapter 2 before we ripped into the gifts. Then things slowly began to change. First we said we’d try an ALL-homemade xmas. Then we decided we’d just celebrate it a month or so later because we could buy the on-sale items and celebrate cheaper.
Finally, we said, “Forget it! This is silly!!”. He didn’t even get born this day, did he? Yes, I can hear you now. Whoa!! Slow down! What are you talking about? The children love x-mas! We couldn’t take that away from them! And- and what about the true meaning? The greatest gift ever?!
“Whoa!! Slow down! What are you talking about?” O.k. I’ll slow down, at least as long as that includes answering your other questions. Thanks for asking. And if you have more, just air them in the comments!
“The children love x-mas! We couldn’t take that away from them!” Yup, x-mas is (“was” for me) FUN!! But let me clarify…what do you mean? Quit lying to them about santa claus? Quit letting them be selfish? I’m all for it.
“What about the true meaning?” Great question! The birth of the Messiah is very important. But it wouldn’t mean a whole lot without his death on the tree for us! Both are important, very important. But, as much as we strive to go back to the “roots” of christmas, we have a very hard time – always coming back to the lights, presents, and food. Family is important, but so is the shopping. Hmmm. This makes one wonder, whether the Saviour’s birth is really where this holiday came from. Do we actually put up a tree to remember his birth? Are all the elves in the front yard the true symbol of the wise-men? Do we ask for presents because of that one, ultimate gift? I’ll be giving y’all some links on this subject!
Well, well, well. I want to first bring up some Bible verses, and then I will give you a few links as to the origins of this holiday.
First of all, and mainly, I shall quote from Jeremiah 10, verses 1-12, where it appears erecting trees in our houses connotates a very bad thing to Yahuah. (Unfamiliar with that name? Click the links below!:) The most important is the bold part, if your in a time scrunch.
An open confession;
“Yahuah, I have mocked you. This holiday still sounds fun, but I will not observe it; I will keep your pure Holy days, rather than the world’s holidays. Help me to learn from your Feasts. Also, please Help me, Yhwh to learn & grow & be truly sorry for this, one among many things I have done wrong!! Through your grace. HalleluYah!!”