*First I want to start off by saying, I have gotten a comment or two, here and there, but for some reason wordpress hasn’t let me reply to them. So I do apologize for that.*
So everyone, it seems like, is celebrating Christmas. But not me. Nor my family. This is actually our first year of NOT celebrating it. What do our kids think? Well they actually are very much okay with it. We explained to them our reasoning and they understood them and are respecting us as parents and our decision. What is our reasoning? I’m glad you asked. Christmas is pagan. There, I said it flat out. It is NOT of Yahweh.
Growing up, Christmas was always about the birth of Christ. We would put up a Christmas tree and so many decorations, that boxes from storage would take over the whole house while we decorated. It was always a fun time for my whole family. But then I got older.
When I was in college, I had a friend (she was actually my best friend at the time) who was Wiccan. I remember in my freshman year, we were hanging out, and she said to me this, “You do know that Christmas and Easter aren’t from your religion, right?” I was shocked and a little offended. I mean, how dare she say that, when everything I held dear to me was stabbed at. But then I got to thinking about things. Like, where did the tree come from? Why do we give presents? Where did Santa come from? Where was all of this in the Bible? And of course, when I asked different people these questions, the typical response was that I was being negative, or they were simply substitutions for the real thing.
Well let me just say this: NO. Just no! When people put up their Christmas trees, it is the ways of the pagans (Jeremiah 10). Yahweh specifically says for us to NOT worship Him in the way that others worship their gods (Deuteronomy 12:4). Also, when we place objects as a substitution for Yahweh, our Abba, then what difference is it than when the Israelites made a golden calf to substitute when Moses was on the mountain? There is no difference. If Yahweh was upset about it then, surely He is upset about it now.
When it comes to the man-made traditions (see what I did there?) of Christmas, we need to figure out where they all came from, because we know that they did not come from Yahweh. The cutting down of the trees, decorating them with silver and gold, and bowing down to them (yes, that is what you essentially do when you gather the gifts from underneath them) comes from pagan traditions. The whole day of Christmas doesn’t actually originate from the birth of Yeshua. It originates from the birth of Saturnalia, one of the sun gods. The whole holiday originates from the sun gods.
There is so much history and legends parallel to Yahweh. However, these are lies produced by Satan. That’s what Satan does: lie. He’s the king of lies. He is the king of taking scripture and twisting it to his own agenda. Sound familiar? He is the king of taking scripture and twisting it just enough to make it sound like truth. Think about when Yeshua was tempted in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11). But when we are firm in Torah, when we are firm in the foundation of Yahweh, His Word, then we will know. We will be able to see these traditions for what they really are: lies.
When you have the time, which is roughly two hours, please take the time to watch this video: Jim Staley truth or Tradition. It explains the traditions and origins of them, plus the history of where everything came from (Note, this is not my video. I did not make this video. This video is from Passion for Truth Ministries. It also deals with Easter along side with Christmas, which we don’t celebrate either). I feel that this video explains everything in such a way that is very easy to understand. It’s much better than me rambling on about it (While I do know the histories and legends, I’m afraid I would muddle them up a bit).*WARNING: It does have graphic images and some graphic content, so please be advised when watching around children*
You’re probably asking yourself, what on earth does she do then to celebrate anything? I will tell you: Leviticus 23. It outlines all of Yahweh’s holy days. Not holidays. Holydays. completely different. These are days, set apart and sanctified, by Yahweh, as days He wants us to celebrate. Some of them are more than one day, some of them are only one day. They are such a beautiful blessing to be able to celebrate them. One thing that I have noticed people saying to me when I tell them I celebrate these days: “But those days are Jewish holidays. You’re not Jewish, so why do you celebrate them?” Well, they are not strictly Jewish feast days. They are Yahweh’s feast days. They are His appointed days and times. And it specifically says for everyone in the tribes to celebrate them, including the stranger to the land, the visitor, the alien. That means, everyone is supposed to celebrate. While the feast days for the rest of this year, 2016, has already passed, I do look forward to next year’s feast days! Shalom!