Did some research on the origins of
By the Middle Ages, Christianity had, for the most part, replaced
pagan religion. On Christmas, believers attended church, then celebrated
raucously in a drunken, carnival-like atmosphere similar to today's Mardi
Gras. Each year, a beggar or student would be crowned the "lord of misrule"
and eager celebrants played the part of his subjects. The poor would go to the
houses of the rich and demand their best food and drink. If owners failed to
comply, their visitors would most likely terrorize them with
Synchretism does not please the
Lord. This very much appears to me to be a "Christian" veneer on an
essentially pagan and Christ-dishonoring activity. http://honestthings.blogspot.com/2006/01/christmas-litmus.html
We are commanded to look forward to the return of Christ; nowhere told to look
backward to Jesus' baby pictures, celebrate His birthday (birthday celebrations
also touched on briefly supra) or have anything to do with pagan
celebrations. We have the feasts of the Lord (which we generally ignore,
to our shame) and simply do not need paganism.
Make up your own mind, of course, and
follow your own conscience. But be sensitive to the other side of
this. I believe the bad guys are using it to cause strife among the
followers of Christ.
And also distress. The "Christmas"
season is unarguably one of the most stressful times of the year for many,
especially when coupled with January when the credit card statements come in and
many realize they have over-spent ... again.
This picture really says it all:
Semiramis and Tammuz. No, thanks.