Christmas and the celebration of Christ’s birth are two things that must always be kept separate in our thinking!
However, this has become impossible for many Christians in this age because of the impression created by the erroneous but long-established traditions of men that Christmas IS all about Christ’s birth. It is the common misapprehension among God’s people today that Christmas is about Christ’s birth and that the world has hijacked this sacred festival for its own evil ends. Nothing could be further from the truth. For many modern Christians it is almost sacrilegious to suggest that Christmas has nothing to do with the birth of Christ. Sadly, that only reflects the reality that today the minds of God’s people at large are not under the strict discipline of Scripture as they ought to be.
The festivities of Christmas as it is known today are a relatively modern invention and, Biblically speaking, have nothing whatever to do with the birth of Christ. Rather, the celebration of December 25th as a feast day can be traced back to the paganism of Babylon (Jeremiah 52:31), to elements of Egyptian worship, and to the idolatrous worship of Saturn in Roman times. “Far and wide in the realms of paganism was this birth day observed”, Rev. A. Hislop, The Two Babylons. The winter solstice celebrations were ‘christianized’ by the already ‘paganized’ Church of Rome around the 4th century and adopted into the church calendar as a supposed celebration of the birth of Christ. More and more the modern Christmas can be seen to be returning to its pagan roots as immorality, drunkenness and sensual revelry of every kind is exhibited. Surely, any Christian whose thinking is disciplined by the Bible must stop and ask themselves: “What has any of this to do with the birth of the Son of God as that event is recorded and revealed in Scripture?” The only Biblical answer is an emphatic: “Nothing!” Whatever Church/religious/family traditions may be invoked in support of Christmas as a celebration of Christ’s birth, the Bible gives no warrant whatever to the celebration of Christmas in such a way.