On Dec 10, 2009, at 1:04 PM, Mindy wrote:
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Date and Time: Thursday 10th December 2009 12:04:39
Message: I would like to know if your church and/or your family celebrate christmas. I am a part of the church of Christ and would like to know what is right and wrong pertaining to this subject.
Thanks for writing and I appreciate your question. In short, me and my family celebrate Christmas as a national holiday NOT a religious observance.
My wife is from India and when we are there we do not celebrate Christmas. The reason being that in India the only people that celebrate Christmas do it for religious reasons. When we are here in the states, however, we do it as a tradition because it is a nationally recognized holiday. We do no attach any religious significance to it at all. We do not listen to the religious carols or make any reference whatsoever to it having anything to do with Christ at all.
Actually, the celebration that we associate with Christmas predates Christ. It was a Roman festival of giving gifts and rejoicing over the prosperity of Rome. All the Catholic church did was to put a religious spin on a celebration that was already being observed.
There is certainly nothing unscriptural about giving gifts and being joyful over the things that God has blessed us with. But it would be unscriptural to observe it as a religious observance. To do something as a religious observance would require scriptural authority and we have no authority to make a religious observance out of Jesus birthday, even if we did know when it was.
As to the church were I preach celebrating Christmas, it is up to each family individually to celebrate Christmas in their home or not. We do not observe Christmas congregationally at the church building because that would give it the appearance of being a religious observance. Whether or not they do it in their homes is up to them. If they want to have people over for a party that is up to them but we do not do it at the building. Again, we must be careful to keep it disassociated with any kind of religious observance because such an observance would be unscriptural.
Thanks again for the question. Maybe some of the commentators will add to what I have said here.
Hope this helps.