10 Reasons Why I don’t celebrate Christmas

Don’t let the sparkling trappings and joyful atmosphere of Christmas deceive you. Rather, let the Bible show you how to truly worship the Living God and His Son, Jesus Christ!

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People who personally know about my Christian faith is almost always shocked when they learn I don’t celebrate Christmas. I mean, it is supposed to be the birth of our Redeemer and Master, Jesus Christ. Surely, if there are people who will celebrate Christmas, that should be Christians and that includes me.

But do you know there are Christians who don’t celebrate Christmas, not because they don’t believe in Christ, but they decided to worship the Eternal God and Jesus according to what the Bible says?

While there are different reasons I don’t celebrate Christmas, I just want to share five of them here.

I'm a Christian and I don't celebrate Christmas

1. Jesus wasn’t born on December 25

Bible scholars and experts would readily admit that December 25 isn’t the birthdate of Christ. As a matter of fact, Jesus isn’t born anywhere near this date!

We all know that shepherds are out on the field when Christ was born. If Jesus was born in the dead of winter, the shepherds would surely put their livestock in danger, exposing their herd of sheep in extreme cold.

Not only that, but we read that Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem because of a Roman census. The Roman government would have known better than ordering a census during bad weather and road condition is self-defeating.

2. Christmas celebrates the birth of the sun god

Do you know that Christmas has always been celebrated more than 3,000 years before the human birth of Christ? Shocking but it’s true. The earliest roots of Christmas can be traced as far 200 B.C. In an article I wrote entitled “Who was really born on December 25?” you will read:

The pagan history of Christmas started with the Greeks celebrating a festival in honor of Bacchus. After that, the Romans also have their own festival held in honor of Saturnalia. Both festivals are known for its revelry, nocturnal orgies, chaos, riot and even death.

Centuries later, the Roman emperor Aurelian inaugurated a festival in honor of the sun god on December 25. It was known as the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, which means “the birthday of the Unconquered Sun”.

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3. Christmas is offensive to Jesus Christ

Imagine, every year, you give a gift to your husband or wife. Only it wasn’t his/her birthday but the birthday of your ex-lover. What’s worse, the gift you gave is the same thing that your ex-lover gave in the past. Surely, it would be natural for your spouse to doubt the genuineness of your love.

Now, think about what Jesus Christ would feel when you celebrate His birthday on the same day that the pagans celebrate the birth of their gods? What’s worse, you celebrate Christ’s birth by using the same pagan traditions you use to celebrate the birth of the pagan gods!

Let’s be honest here for a second. Christmas is something that’s highly insulting to God and to His Son, Jesus Christ.

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4. Jesus won’t celebrate Christmas

Nowhere in the Bible do we see Jesus commanding His disciples and followers to celebrate His birth. We don’t even read evidence that the early New Testament Church do so. In fact, we see clear indications that Jesus, the Disciples, and the true Church observed God-ordained Holy Days found in Leviticus 23.

Now, if you are really a follower of Christ, wouldn’t you also celebrate what God commanded us to observe? If we are to celebrate a festival, wouldn’t it be logical to follow what we read in the Bible and not borrow paganistic way of worship?

5. God seeks the true form of worship

I understand that some people are sincere in keeping Christmas. They solemnly believe in their hearts of hearts that they are actually worshiping God.

I don’t condemn nor blame them. In a world ruled and deceived by Satan, it is just not their time yet to know the truth.

However, when you finally come to the truth and discovered what the Bible truly says, you come to realize that worshiping God is not a matter of our will, but God’s will.

We need to ask God how He wants us to worship Him. Is He happy when we recycle pagan practices and traditions and sanitize them with Christian trappings? Is God pleased when we say we believe in Him and yet, turn a blind eye when He decisively commands us to avoid pagan worship? Are we really honoring God when we worship Him according to what seems right to our own eyes?

John 4:23-24 clearly defines what true worship is:

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and TRUTH; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

God wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth. Are we truly worshiping God in SPIRIT when we are so focused on the material things we receive? Are we truly worshiping God in truth when we know that Christmas isn’t really the birth of Christ and that Jesus did not command us to worship Him by keeping a pagan holiday?

These are hard questions we need to answer with all honesty.

10 reasons why I don't celebrate Christmas

6. Santa has become the face of Christmas

If you think of Christmas, most people would probably think of Santa more than Jesus Christ. It is not difficult to see why because Santa has been the face of Christmas commercialism. Most businesspeople would rather promote Santa, a man who encourages buying, so they could earn more sales.

However, do you know the real identity of Santa Claus? Do you know the being behind his jolly, bearded smile? You are up for the shock of your life. If you want to know who Santa Claus really is, including his dark history, please open this link to a new tab and read the truth yourself.

7. Christmas is driven by commercialism

It is no secret for many of us that business establishments get the most of their sales during the Christmas season. Thus, it is not difficult to see why Christmas’ popularity is driven by commercialism.

The problem with commercialism is it encourages the way of getting rather than the way of giving.

Yes, a lot of people give gifts during this holiday season but more people get this feeling of entitlement. They feel that since it’s Christmas, they should receive gifts. Not only that, but a lot of people give something expecting that they would also get something in return!

Thus, we have “exchanging gifts” during Christmas. The thing is it is not even your birthday!

8. A lot of lies are propagated during Christmas

Christmas tells us that Christ was born in the dead of winter. Now, that’s a huge lie!

Here are other Christmas lies you should know about:

  • Three kings – the bible didn’t specify how many kings there were. They aren’t even kings but wise men from the east.
  • Nativity scene – the nativity scene shows a baby Jesus in the manger with the animals. Actually, the animals are out in the field. When the wise men arrived, Jesus is already in a house not in a manger. Plus, Jesus is no longer a baby, but rather a young child.
  • Bring Christ back to Christmas – you can’t bring Christ into something that He wasn’t part of in the first place. Christmas is a pagan custom recycled as a Christian holiday.
  • You worship God when you observe Christmas – actually not. If you want to worship God, you need to do it according to His will and purpose. We can’t believe in God and do other things contrary to His commands.

Now, these are just some of the many lies and errors propagated during Christmas. Not to mention the many pagan symbolism and trappings used in this holiday season.

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9. Christmas hides the true Festivals of God

While it is true that Christmas is something that could give you that warm feeling, make families gather together, and even make you feel closer to God, but it is not the best way for you to achieve these.

After all, it is not about what you feel, but what God feels.

The truth of the matter is that Christmas is a pagan custom used by Satan to obscure God’s true Festivals of God. Most Christians today are oblivious of these God-commanded Feasts found in Leviticus 23. Jesus didn’t celebrate Christmas but rather God’s Festivals. The Apostles celebrated God’s Festivals as well as the first-century Christians.

Because people are trapped in the illusion that Christmas is the best way for them to worship God, they are blinded by the truth that there are way, way better to be close to God. If you only celebrate God’s Festivals, you will discover why is it better than Christmas and how it can unlock your understanding of God’s great plan of salvation.

10. I would rather follow God’s commands rather than human traditions

It is okay to keep human traditions, but if it goes against God’s commands, then it should be forsaken. Christmas is a human tradition that promotes lies and sadly, obscure God’s truth.

When it comes to choosing between God’s will and human tradition, the answer should be obvious. We must do what God wants us to do rather than what other people want.

Christ, Himself, condemned the Jews of His day when they hold on to their traditions and break God’s command:

“He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:

‘This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men” (Mark 7:6-8).

When we keep Christmas, a pagan holiday which was clearly called an abomination by God, we are breaking the law of our Heavenly Father in the process.

So, between God’s law or human tradition, which would you choose? The popular choice is keeping human tradition, but as for me, I’d rather keep God’s law. Even though it is unpopular and people might ridicule me, I’ll still follow what God says instead of living a comfortable life by going with the flow of mainstream Christianity.

Final Thoughts

As this world celebrates Christmas, remember, what the Bible truly teaches about this worldly holiday. It is the right time that we learn the truth and let the truth transform our lives.

God is not impressed by how many gifts you gave or received during Christmas. He isn’t impressed with how pompous your Christmas decorations are. He isn’t after what feels good for us, but He wants to see whether we will follow His commandments or not.

So, will you still keep Christmas? Some will and some won’t. Some will ignore the truth, while others will act on it. I hope you and I belong to the group of people who will follow God no matter what the consequences may be.


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23 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why I don’t celebrate Christmas

  1. I’m a Christian and I take my faith seriously. .and I will always continue to celebrate Christmas. Many things change/evolve over history. In biblical times, women who wore even a little bit of lipstick or make up were know n to be prostitutes. In our culture now, that’s not the case. I hate to see Christians make a big deal out of nothing and judging other Christians over something like celebrating a traditional holiday. Christmas today (and for a very long time) hasnt been anything close to celebrating rivalry, orgies and death. Christmas is what it is now…the traditions and ceremonies our culture has made it into. And it’s perfectly innocent. It’s about giving, receiving, cherishing family and yes, for Christians, worshipping God.
    Celebrating Christmas or any other traditional holiday doesn’t mean we put material things above God or that we don’t acknowledge him the rest of the year. I don’t believe God is the slightest bit offended, because what he’s the most concerned about is the heart and if we are allowing the Holy Spirit to regenerate us from the inside out, not the other way around. I commend you for wanting to stay true to your faith in the best way you know how, but I honestly think this type of judging others about these sorts of things is blinding you to a more mature life in Christ.

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    • The bible says broad and wide is the path to hell, and narrow and straight is the path to Heaven…. there will be few that find it. As our brother mentioned God is looking for individuals that will worship him IN SPIRIT and IN TRUTH. Not IN EMOTIONS, not IN LOGIC or REASONING, not IN OPINION, but in spirit and in truth. It is NOT judging if the bible already declares it as true, and if you just decide you don’t want to follow it you will give an account for yourself as well as the rest of us. I love when professed Christians throw around the word JUDGING so they can justify their sins or actions that are NOT pleasing to GOD. You are blind if you CANNOT RECEIVE CORRECTION that is actually written in the bible. God corrects those he love. My sister surrender all to Jesus Christ, because if you are lukewarm he will spit you out. Peace and blessings.

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  3. Praise God, for this post. You hit it right on the head. NO WHERE IN THE BIBLE does GOD approve of Christmas he actually CONDEMNS pagan practices. In Jeremiah 10 he says do NOT go into the woods and cut down trees, decking them with gold or silver they are IDOLS!!!!. My pastor has informed his congregation about Saturnalia, and let me tell you many have been offended due to him revealing this truth. The bible says that Man has made the word of God to NONE EFFECT due to our traditions. It truly is a spiritual battle that many are too blind to see or are willing to be used by satan. How does me getting everything I WANT for Christmas glorify GOD?…. It doesn’t it allows man to selfishly indulge in their desires, and go crazy when they dont get what they want or can brag about what they got. May the Lord Jesus continue to guide you, and use you mightly for his Kindgom. God bless!

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  4. So I have a few questions. 2 years ago in October, as I was study/meditating/reading scripture and praying, it came to me to investigate Christmas. And I actually saw a post about it on a Christian page on Facebook too.
    Based on everything I read, and going back and re-reading some scriptures, I stopped. No more tree, definitely no Santa, no more bright colorful lights. I got rid of all of it, and explained to my family why. My husband (who wasn’t really a believer at the time) was just glad he no longer had to fight with the lights, and happy that we would probably be saving some money. My kids (all adults) just thought it’s mom and her Jesus thing again.
    But I still put out my nativity. And I have a snowman collection that I put out, but I think of it as winter, not Christmas. My front porch has evergreen put out. This will be there thru January and February, I think of it as nature brought in, much like I have flowers from my garden everywhere when they’re in season. I will go to one of my children’s homes on “the day” and spend time, bring one modest gift for each grandchild.
    I’m definitely going to spend some time praying about it, but after reading this post, and another one concerning Luke 10:62 I’m wondering if “I’m looking back”, or not letting go properly. Admittedly I have concerns regarding how my children will view any further changes I make. When most churches celebrate not only Christmas, Santa comes to church for pictures! My kids think I am going overboard. My husband has been spiritually woken up by God, about a year and a half ago. So he is way more open to what and why I’ve made changes, but doesn’t think we should completely cut it out.
    I am going to spend some time with God about this, but I am curious to hear your thoughts.
    I really wish I could find a church I felt was really invested in seeking relationship with Him, it seems many do what they do because it’s always been done. My Christian friends think I’m a little out there too.

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    • Thanks for your comment, Barbara. The world will hate us for believing the truth written in the Bible. God tells us that if we want to be friends with Him, we must not be a friend of this world’s system.

      I know it’s tough to be different, but God has called us out of this world to be holy and be set apart from the rest.

      Stand strong and keep on learning. God will bless those who really seek Him and will enlighten their hearts and mind when they do their best in seeking out the truth.

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    • HI Barbara! I came on this site because I was taught not to celebrate Christmas in church. You respond quickly to truth and your heart is good soil! Don’t be discouraged, I believe you will find the church you need to go to. God will guide you there.

      On a side note, you can check out the church I go to: https://tjc.org/ We have churches worldwide, so you can find the nearest one to check out and probe more and find out more!

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    • Hi Barbara! I came on this site because I was taught not to celebrate Christmas in church, and wanted to check out the reasons in this article. You respond quickly to truth and your heart is good soil! Don’t be discouraged, I believe you will find the church you need to go to. God will guide you there.

      On a side note, you can check out the church I go to: https://tjc.org/ We have churches worldwide, so you can find the nearest one to check out and probe more and find out more!

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  5. I understand the “Spirt of Christmas giving, receiving and cherishing family etc.” posted by Tatayna above. But there is nothing Spiritual associated with the sentiments offered by such, as Matthew 5:46 says “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?” Certainly an “earthly” reward a boost in the giver’s and receiver’s ego, a fleeting reward, but no spiritual reward. Surely Jesus would not want his birth to be celebrated, rather He would want his death and resurrection- the triumph over evil to be celebrated over anything else. We Christians did not benefit from His birth, but His sacrifice benefitted us all.
    PS: Thank you, Lord for your sacrifice!!!!!

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  6. This is the first year our family is not celebrating. It feels strange because I have so many good memories associated with christmas but I know that God requires “obedience” over “sacrifice”. The very word has become offensive since I’ve learned this year that it means “Christ’s mass”. Many Christians don’t know what “mass” means but God in the past few years has lead me to learn what it means: mass is “…the unbloody sacrifice of the Body and Blood of Christ” (http://www.theholymass.com). The Bible is clear that Jesus died once and there is no need for any type of sacrifice for forgiveness of our sins. So “merry chirstmas” is saying “merry Christ’s sacrifice” only satan would be “merry” of this horrible event. The Purtins had it right when they outlawed christmas, unfortunately overtime they caved to cultural pressures. Christmas truly is one of the greatest deception that the devil has devised to trick Christians into worshiping him by appearing as “an angel of light” and mixing lies with truth. My wife and I are still struggle with our hearts and the challenge is more difficult because we have kids. But the following verses have been my anchor:
    Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. (Jeremiah 10:2)

    What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. (Deut 12:29-32)

    Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; (Ex 23:2)

    And be not conformed to this world: (Romans 12:2)

    But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: ( 1 Peter 2:9)

    As Joshua has pointed out that we are called to be different (ie peculiar which means “strange, odd & weird”), so the strangeness that we are feeling is a confirmation that we’re doing the right thing.

    Thanks for the truth.

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    • Hi Edward!

      Wow! I admire your courage to really stand up for the truth. Knowing that it’s your first time, I know it could be tough. However, God is with you and that’s more than enough. God urges us to be a friend of Him and not a friend of this world.

      My father also told me the real meaning of Merry Christmas and you’re right. He added that it also means Christ’s dismissal.

      I know it’s hard but God calls us to do the right thing and not the easy thing.

      Keep the faith and know that God is with you.

      Regards,
      Joshua

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  7. What have beginning have an end, The birth of Jesus Christ was the beginning of a glorious thing that took place in the redemption of humanity, though scholar’s admitted that its not December 25 but we as Christians or rather Children of the most high God decided to celebrate him this day, it’s not a sin, note am not attacking you. God approvals of Celebration that brings honour to his name, the fact is we must have a positive disposition to matters because there are things we become dogmatic about, when I celebrate Christmas I don’t honour the devil but Christ Jesus, God is not angry with Christmas celebration, but you have your disposition as well as others, and also how sure are you of the accuracy of the information study
    Head analysis can’t help but the Holy Spirit should reveal it to you.
    Thanks kingdom luv

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    • Hi Champion,

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

      It is not up to us how we want to worship God. We can’t tell God we love you and won’t follow His commands.

      God, in His Holy Bible, commands us to keep His ordained Feasts (Leviticus 23) and not old recycled pagan holidays.

      The question now is, why do we keep on insisting to keep a pagan holiday when God has already told us what to celebrate?

      Yes, I understand that most people today keep Christmas because they want to worship God and not the devil. However, the Bible tells us what separates the true worshiper and the false worshiper of God. John 4:24 tells us that the true worship of God are the ones who worship Him in truth and in spirit. You admit that December 25 isn’t the correct date of Christ’s birth which means it is false. Does that make you a true worshiper?

      I’m not condemning you or anyone who celebrates Christmas. I know they are sincere in what they do but sometimes, we become sincerely wrong. If we are really sincere, then let’s do it in the right way. Do it according to God’s command.

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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      • I don not condemn anybody who will celebrate christmas specially if he is a born again christian, that is his conviction, he is just grateful that one day GOD manifest Himself in the form of flesh because without being born in the flesh there is no death in the flesh also..i believed dec. 25 is not the accurate date whereby Jesus Christ born and its true practice by pagan..but my question is this..how about sunday or worship on sunday which you and i worship every sunday..it was also used by pagan in thier worship…what is the difference all came from pagan practices..The most impt. there; GOD sees the heart of the true worshipers

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      • Hi Peter,

        I don’t worship on Sunday. I keep the Sabbath day, which is from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. I do agree that Sunday is the pagan’s day of worship and we must go back to the original commandment of God.

        I don’t condemn people as well if they observe Christmas. However, it is our duty to proclaim the truth. Whether you believe what the Bible say or not, God will be their judge, not me.

        Cheers,
        Joshua

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