Not all customs during Christmas season are Christmas tradition. For example, St. Claus or St. Nicholas is not Christmas tradition, instead, supplementary tradition. The customs can be broken into 3 categories:
- Christmas tradition
- Supplementary tradition
- Anti-Christmas tradition
Discriminating these traditions is critical to prevent us from confusing them.
A. Christmas tradition
Christmas tradition is the heart of Christmas tradition. It includes:
- Singing Christmas song (Luke 2: 13-14, 20)
- Christmas story (Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-3)
- Meditating and remembering Christmas story in Bible (2 Timothy 2: 8, Luke 2: 19)
- Christmas light festival (originated in Hanukkah and John 1: 9)
- Christmas week (traditional time frame in Bible to observe biblical festivals)
- Christmas service or Christmas mass (follow example of the angels in Luke 2: 13-14)
- Christmas gift as The GOD gave His gift —Jesus — to the world (John 3:16). For example, social service to the poors.
- Heavenly joyful moment (Luke 2: 13-14, 20)
- Peace greetings (Luke 2: 14)
Christmas tradition is about Christ born in this world.
B. Supplementary Tradition
Supplementary tradition includes any custom attached to Christmas under various motives. This often refers as “Secular Christmas”, including:
- Popular kid toys, such as Christmas tree (originated in Paradise Play, part of Christmas Play)
- St. Nicholas/ St. Claus (originated in St. Nicholas, bishop Myra)
- Christmas food and beverage.
- Christmas fashion, such as, white-red night cap, pajama, and boots.
- Christmas arts, such as Christmas poetry.
- Folk festival
- Christmas discount
- Christmas shopping
- Christmas allowance
- Local positive customs to welcome Christmas
- Christmas parade (Alert, it easily and potentially slip into category C! )
Supplementary tradition should be managed in order to avoid it from migrating to C group.
C. Anti-Christmas Tradition
Anti-Christmas tradition includes any tradition aiming at destroying Christmas tradition (point A). It includes:
- Sex party
- Binge drinking
- Getting drunk
- Prostitution along with Christmas season
- Gambling, such as, carding, dicing, etc
- “Christmas” fashion exploiting physical body.
- Extortion in the name of Christmas
- Any criminal acts
- Initiating war
- Disinformation against Christmas and anti-Christmas arguments