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Are there any other Christians that don't' celebrate Christmas? Why?

I don't celebrate it because of its origin. It originated in Ancient Rome. There were two gods the citizens celebrated on December 25th. Then, when the Christians started to accumulate, the pagans (Latin for country people) "Christianized" the holiday so that they would celebrate it too. But that's why I don't celebrate it. The holiday wasn't made for Christians. It was recreated so that Christians could celebrate a Roman holiday. Santa Clause didn't appear until hundreds of years later. He had nothing to to with Christmas back then. So I'm just wondering, is there anyone with the same thoughts?

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Something to keep in mind... Christmas = CHRIST + MASS. So irregardless of any other celebrations that might have been held around the same time in other cultures or religions, Christmas is specifically Christian, by it's very definition. If you don't like certain commercialized aspects of how it is currently celebrated by many, then you don't have to follow those traditions, but to not celebrate because you feel that it is a "Pagan" holiday doesn't make any sense, because it's not, nor has it ever been.

Yes... there were other Pagan holiday celebrated around that time, but none of them had anything to do with the birth of Christ specifically, and even his actual birth date is unknown (or potentially at some other time), that doesn't mean that you can't celebrate on Dec 25th - since that is the day that has traditionally been set aside for celebrating it. Though interestingly there is apparently some Biblical evidence for it having been somewhere around that time... http://www.moosebugs.com/blfrank/christmas-origins.htm

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It did start out as a pagan holiday I believe, but that is not why many people celebrate it now. And shouldn't we be glad that people have turned something pagan around to celebrate our Lord? Shouldn't we be glad that something bad, has been turned to something good? Even if that is not the reason most people celebrate it, it can be our reason.

And actually if you look at the scriptures, it indicates that it would actually have been celebrated during warmer weather. I'm not sure it if is warm over there around that time of year? It's all very interesting :)
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no, i celebrate Christmas for Christ's birth

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But that's not what it was originally about, as I said in my description. That's what people nowadays say. The true meaning is about Christ's birth. No. The true meaning is about two Ancient Roman gods.
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Hey that go for very holidays
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dawg - no... at worst, the Christian church picked a day nearest to the time when those that they were trying to convert were already used to celebrating. However even taking those into consideration, the 25th was still a completely different date. The Winter Solstice, is typically celebrated on the 21st, and Sol Invictus and/or Saturnalia was a week long celebration that usually started around the 16th or 17th, and was typically over by the 23rd. So Christmas IS NOT the same holiday.

Yes... they incorporated traditions in an effort to make conversion easier, though in truth it was also a matter of those who were converting bringing some of their traditions with them, and simply continuing to practice them along with their "new" religion.
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It's about Christs birth. PERIOD
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yeah it doesn't matter what it used to be about.
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^Yeah what she said^
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I'm christian orthodox so the "russian christmas" is the 7th .

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I celebrate Christmas for non-religious reasons. It is a festive time of the year to celebrate life, in general, with your family and friends. In my opinion, religious celebrations are celebrated in the heart, not in the commercial way it is today.

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Good honest answer.
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Thank you MissRia.
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Jehovah’s Witnesses, although they are Christians, do not commemorate His birth, but only His death.

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If He wasn't born how can He die ?
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thank you cybero.As one of Jehovah's witnesses I couldn't have explained it any better.
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It the kkk
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Betty, why do you think Jesus was not born? The Bible itself says:"?In answer the angel said to her: 'Holy spirit will come upon you, and power of the Most High will overshadow you. For that reason also what is BORN will be called holy, God’s Son.'" (Luke 1:35)

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Same thing with Easter.....we worshiping fuels Gods on very holidays on this rotten planet....

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Christmas is the Birth of Jesus Christ. I celebrate His Birth on that day.
"Christmas trees" and Santa Claus are another story.

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JamesKaeberle

No I do not celebrate a pagan holiday. Dec.25th was not when Jesus was born.

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Actually they have studied and they have found that Jesus was born very close to that date. They do not know the exact time but if you chart it out with the stars and clues from Bible verses then it falls in place. I encourage you to try to find a movie called "Star of Belthhem".....it's really good!
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No sorry you wrong. It was nowhere near that date.

http://www.hope-of-israel.org/cmas1.htm
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@James - sees your source and raises you one http://www.moosebugs.com/blfrank/christmas-origins.htm

The fact is that no one will ever know for sure, so even if the date was arbitrarily chosen, then is still doesn't really matter. If someone wants to celebrate Christ's birth, then they should celebrate it. Doesn't really matter what day they do it on.
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Yeah, they don't know when he was born. But it doesn't matter really when he was. It doesn't matter if you celebrate your birthday on the day you were born or not, it's just a celebration set aside to celebrate the fact that you were born. We could celebrate Jesus's birth On June1st if we chose. I think God does not trifle with such silly dates :) As long as in your heart you are truly praising him for his birth and death and steering clear of all of the other things that are distracting from his glory.
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I Wordship God everyday. That's what counts. A true Christian Is his lifesytle. And gets Gorly to Jesus foe everything.
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That is true JamesKaiberle, worship is not only a time to sit down and praise him. We can worship God in everything we do, by simply living our lives for him. We can worship him while we sweep the floor, while we cook dinner, while we sing in the shower. Worship is something that happens in our hearts, and we should all worship and glorify God through our lives.
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How can you say I am wrong if no one knows. But yes it is true it does not matter when He was born. We have that day (which should not be the only day) to celebrate His birth.
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I have never celebrated it. Many scholars estimate his birth to be about late sept.
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If you are fully convinced that you cannot, in good conscience, observe a particular Christmas tradition, do not observe it. If you are fully convinced that a particular tradition is too steeped in paganism to honor God in any way, by all means forsake that tradition. At the same time, if you are fully convinced that you can honor and worship God through a particular tradition, honor and worship God (Romans 14:5)! For Christians, Christmas traditions can be an important part of the celebration of the birth of our Savior, and they remind us of that momentous event that changed the world forever. More importantly, they bring to mind the miracle of new birth He created in us when He came into our hearts, saved us from our sins, and made us children of God by the shedding of His blood on the Cross (Colossians 1:20). It is this amazing truth that enables us to say with the angels, "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14).Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Christmas-traditions.html#ixzz2MP14poYg

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I totally agree.
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I do celebrate Christmas as I remember the birth of my Lord and Savior. I dont care about pagan anything ...i DO care about Jesus. I can never thank Him enough for His blood that covered mine & my families sins. We are ALL heaven bound.

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This does not answer the question, AT ALL.
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It is so sad when I see people get caught up in this. It does not matter where it originated....you are celebrating Jesus's birth!!!! It is a time to thank God for Jesus.

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I don't think Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate anything at all, but I could be wrong..

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We do. We celebrate weddings, anniversaries, and graduations. We also comemmorate Jesus Christ's death. Hope I helped!
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I don't celebrate christmas right now. My reasons growing up were simply because my parents thought it was wrong because of the origins. As I grew older my opinions have changed a lot on it. I don't celebrate it right now because there is no one who will celebrate it with me the way I would like. I don't like the way Christmas is celebrated these days, it is very artificial and is mostly about getting things and a lot of symbolism, like santa clause and stuff. However I see nothing wrong with celebrating Jesus's birth. We celebrate our own birthday, so why not his? Even though I agree that we don't know when exactly he was born, I don't think God would condemn us for celebrating anything to do with our Lord and savoir. :) My ideal way to celebrate his birth would be to just get together with other believers, make a big warm tasty meal, and to just worship him. I would love to just read about his birth, and not just a few verses. I would like to read the whole story, talk and discuss deeply about it, and just spend the night blessing him and thanking him for his gift to us, and the greatness of him being born into this world and dying for us.

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I don't celebrate it because it is artificial in most ways these days. But when I get married and have a family, I think I will celebrate it in the way I explained above. And yes, it started out as pagan, and a lot of people do celebrate it for the wrong reasons. But there is nothing pagan about celebrating his birth, if you want to look at it that way, and do it in a way that glorifies him.

However I do not celebrate Halloween, because it is mostly dark and centered around superstition and death, And really doesn't have much to do with glorifying the Lord in any way :).


And I have never been very interested in Easter for much the same reasons, with the off the wall symbolism about fertility and stuff, that came from pagan roots. BUT like i said before, I have no problem with celebrating his resurrection in a way that doesn't include all those other silly things.
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I also think that it would be really good for children to be taught to focus more on Christ during Christmas. Most are raised to know what it means, but they don't care really about celebrating his birthday, they care about the gifts. So I think it would be really helpful to do more worship as a family around Christmas time. And personally I'll probably leave the gifts out and just make it more of a family gathering and meal.
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Ok. You can celebrate His birth. But why on Christmas Day? Why do it on the day that Santa Clause is celebrated? You get what I'm saying?
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Yes I am :) I agree with you, I think it can be done on any day anyone chooses, and that God is not going to condemn which day you chose as long as your actions and intentions are righteous.

I think too many people fall into the trap of simply doing it because everyone else is doing it, but they are not really interested in celebrating the Lord. I see nothing wrong with getting together with family and doing those things. But I think we, as Christians, should also examine carefully all we do, and weigh it, to make sure we are doing all to the glory of the Lord.
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And I also totally agree that it started out pagan. My brother in law knows and actual professing pagan, someone who worships the sun and moon and things like that. And so he asked him what he thought of Christmas, and if he felt like Christians sort of stole it and claimed it, and the pagan said yes, Christmas is our pagan holiday. I'm not sure how much that man knows about everything, even if he is a professing pagan, but I just thought that was noteworthy and interesting. I think Christians need to be very careful what type of "rituals" they keep, hold and follow.
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Hmm you make a good point. I've always celebrated it, but I think I should look into it more now...

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Thank you, finally! Some one who actually listens!
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I've heard all about it being a pagan holiday but we've always celebrated for the birth of Christ. We're starting to do away with the gift giving tho, just getting together for dinner, make deserts and fellowship, takes out all the stress of shopping for just the right gift and going into debt.

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It's interesting that Christmas was not celebrated by early Christians. It was not until several hundred years after Jesus lived on the earth that people began to commemorate his birth on December 25. But that was not the Date of Jesus birth, for it evidently took place in October. So why was December 25 chosen?? Some who later claimed to be Christian likely "wished the date to coincide with the pagan Roman festival marking the "birthday of the conquered sun.' "
(The New Encyclopedia Britannica)
In winter, when the sun seemed weakest, pagans held ceremonies to get this source of warmth and light to
come back from its distant travels, December 25 was thought to be the day that the sun began its return. In an effort to convert pagans, religious leaders adopted this festival and tried to make it seem "Christian." Please check on Yahoo or other sites ask about the ORIGIN OF CHRISTMAS I researched the Bible, but it does not teach that Jesus was born on December 25th. And I don't argue with people if they want to believe in it that is their choice.

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We celebrate Christmas but our family always makes sure to put Christ as the priority. It's someone's personal decision to celebrate it or not. If its something you think would take away from the real reason (Christ's birth), that would be a chart good reason.

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