My response to all the ‘hullabaloo’ about “Christmas”;
The term Christmas appeared in Old English as early as 1038 A.D. as Cristes Maesse, and later as Cristes-messe in A.D. 1131. It means “the Mass of Christ.” This name was established by the Christian church to disconnect the holiday and its customs from its pagan origins. As one fourth century theologian penned, “We hold this day holy, not like the pagans because of the birth of the sun, but because of Him who made it – i.e, created the day and night; sun and moon.”
Although it is true that many traditional Christmas customs find their origins in pagan practices, these ancient and forgotten associations are far removed from the hearts of Christian worshipers today at Christmastime. So much so, it seems a pointless concern. If the focus of Christmas is Jesus Christ and his gift of eternal life, then what harm can come from such a celebration? Moreover, Christian churches now, see Christmas as an occasion to spread the good news of the gospel at a time when many “unbelievers” pause to consider Christ.
Church leaders then may have also had theological reasons for choosing the date of Dec. 25th. The Christian historian Sextus Julius Africanus had identified the 25th as Christ’s nativity more than a hundred years earlier. Chronographers reckoned that the world was created on the spring equinox and four days later, on March 25th, light was created. Since the existence of Jesus signaled a beginning of a new era, or new creation, the Biblical chronographers assumed Jesus’ conception would have also fallen on March 25th placing his birth in December, nine months later.
I am compelled to respond with a few simple questions of my own though: Why do we celebrate a child’s birthday? Why do we celebrate a loved one’s birthday? Is it not to remember and cherish the significance of the event? What other event throughout all time is more significant than the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ? It marks the arrival of Immanuel, God With Us, the Word Become Flesh, the Savior of the World—His is the most significant birth ever. It is the central event in all of history. Time chronicles backward and forward from this moment. I find myself wanting to ask, how can we fail to remember this day with great joy and reverence? How can we not celebrate Christmas?
“I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.”
It is a thing of the heart not ‘worldly’ knowledge. Who comes to mind when 25th of December arrives? Don’t know about you but to me, it’s definitely not any other god’s celebration but JESUS CHRIST Who is the reason for the season. So if it is “unclean” to you, so be it but just don’t go around expressing your folly by trying to impress your ‘ill-gotten’ information on others.