I was thinking about this on my long commute to work early this morning, as I passed through my tiny town with holiday decorations and christmas lights on at several houses. The christmas tradition is everywhere. People who don't pray a day all year still celebrate it. It's just another way Satan keeps his grip on people.
As children in the US, we grow up being good so Santa will bring us presents. Then somewhere around 8 to 10 years old we figure out Santa Claus isn't real. We are also taught to put our tooth we just pulled under the pillow so the Tooth Fairy will leave some money while we sleep. And let's see what the Easter Bunny left in our Easter basket on that Easter Sunday morning. Nevermind the solemn church service, let's hurry up and get outside so we can hunt easter eggs. We are supposed to believe in these things...expected to! Great lengths are gone to so that children can be fooled. Why? Is it all in fun? And what does it hurt? How can it be a bad thing? Because what else are well-meaning "Christian" parents doing to these same children? Taking them to church, teaching them about "Jesus." Believe in another wonderful figure that we can't see - we just have to believe. So, whether we mean to or not, we have sprouted a seed of doubt about Yah, Yeshua and everything the Bible teaches. I can remember growing up going to church every sunday, and at christmastime the children's choir would sing songs like Santa Claus is coming to town, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, etc. along with O little town of Bethlehem and Silent Night. It's mixed altogether! Slide in the Saturnalia...and no one is the wiser. It's all in fun. And it's tradition!
Now I have three grown children and some little grandchildren and I am absolutely perplexed on how I explain to my family that christmas is purely pagan. It's not about the birth of the Savior because He wasn't born this time of year at all. I believe it IS a good thing to celebrate the birth of the Messiah but not with trees and yule logs and Santa and decorations and commercialized gift-giving. I think we should celebrate His life every day, not just a few days a year. I have never understood why shepherds watched their flocks by night in the dead of winter (they didn't) or what a tree in the house with colored balls and tinsel has to do with the Messiah (nothing). This will be the first time in my 50 years that I have not celebrated christmas. It doesn't feel wrong, but it does feel very weird.
Please research, read, dig and know what Yah wants us to do. There are feast days for us - and christmas is not one of those.
I pray many blessings on each and every one of you, for continued blessings for Justin and Jackie, and Adam with POTV. I am so very thankful for them and what they do to share what they learn. Our hearts and eyes are open and we are awake, brothers and sisters - praise Yah!