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16) How to celebrate christmas according to the Bible?

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How to celebrate Christmas according to the Bible?

Answer

Biblical Christmas celebration includes:

  1. Sing Christmas song (Luke 2: 13-14, 20)
  2. Remember and contemplate Christmas story (Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-3, 2 Timothy 2: 8, Luke 2: 19)
  3. Fasting weeks (Mark 2: 20) from November 15 to December 24.
  4. Christmas light festival (John 1: 9 and derived from Hanukkah)
  5. Christmas week (traditional biblical festivals were 7 days)
  6. Fellowship with brothers or sisters in Christ (Luke 2: 13-14)
  7. Christmas gift as The GOD gave His gift —Jesus — to the world (John 3:16). For example, social service to the poors.
  8. Pray (Luke 18: 1)
  9. Heavenly joyful moment (Luke 2: 13-14, 20)
  10. Peace greetings (Luke 2: 14)
  11. Green leaf decoration to welcome the first coming of the King of kings (Mark 11: 8)

Term “Christmas tradition” should include only Christmas traditions based on Bible. Others than Bible-based tradition , such as commercialism, are secular supplemental tradition to Christmas, they are not Christmas tradition and not the valid reason to avoid people from following the Christmas celebration example of angels and shepherds.

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15) Does God hate Christmas?

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Does God hate Christmas?

Answer

No.

In fact, Luke recounted that God sent the angels to the earth to celebrate Christmas – the day of Christ birth – and set a good example for us to celebrate the nativity.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2: 9-14)


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14) Did the wise men meet the shepherds?

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Did the wise men meet the shepherds?

Answer

Gospel and history did not report such story.

The shepherds visited newborn Jesus in the cave stable on December 25, 5 BC Julian Calendar. Weeks later, the wise men visited young child Jesus in a house. See “Pseudo-contradiction: shepherds or wise men” for more discussion.


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13) Do some Christmas traditions have pagan origins?

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Do some Christmas traditions have pagan origins?

Answer

Look at examples below and their classification!

A. Christmas tradition

Christmas tradition is the heart of Christmas. It includes:

  1. Singing Christmas song (Luke 2: 13-14, 20)
  2. Christmas story (Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-3)
  3. Meditating and remembering Christmas story in Bible (2 Timothy 2: 8, Luke 2: 19)
  4. Christmas light festival (originated in Hanukkah and John 1: 9)
  5. Christmas week (traditional time frame in Bible to observe biblical festivals)
  6. Christmas service or Christmas mass (follow examples from the angels in Luke 2: 13-14)
  7. Christmas gift as The GOD gave His gift —Jesus — to the world (John 3:16). For example, social service to the poors.
  8. Pray
  9. Heavenly joyful moment (Luke 2: 13-14, 20)
  10. Peace greetings (Luke 2: 14)

Christmas tradition is about Christ born in this world. This tradition does not have pagan origin. Do Christmas traditions have pagan origins? No. Look at above examples.

B. Supplementary Tradition to Christmas

Supplementary tradition to Christmas includes any custom attached to Christmas under various motives. It is not Christmas tradition, instead, it is supplementary tradition.

The supplementary tradition often refers as “Secular Christmas”, including:

  1. Popular kid toys, such as Christmas tree (originated in Paradise Play, part of Christmas Play)
  2. St. Nicholas/ St. Claus (originated in St. Nicholas, bishop Myra)
  3. Christmas food and beverage.
  4. Christmas fashion, such as, white-red night cap, pajama, and boots.
  5. Christmas arts, such as Christmas poetry.
  6. Folk festival
  7. Christmas discount
  8. Christmas shopping
  9. Christmas allowance
  10. Local positive customs to welcome Christmas
  11. 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:

  1. Sex party
  2. Binge drinking
  3. Getting drunk
  4. Prostitution along with Christmas season
  5. Gambling, such as, carding, dicing, etc
  6. “Christmas” fashion exploiting physical body.
  7. Extortion in the name of Christmas
  8. Any criminal acts
  9. Initiating war
  10. Immorality
  11. Disinformation against Christmas and anti-Christmas arguments

Christ followers should keep Christmas tradition (group A), may keep supplementary tradition to Christmas (group B) as long as it does not destroy the original Christmas tradition, and resist against anti-Christmas tradition (group C).

12) The best Christmas decoration

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What is the best Christmas decoration?

Answer

According to Bible, the best Christmas decoration is as follow:

  1. Joy and gladness

    And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. (Luke 1: 14)

  2. Christmas song

    And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2: 13-14)

  3. Peace

    Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2: 14)

  4. Love, give, and goodness

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten “Son”, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3: 16)

    Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2: 14)

  5. In holiness and righteousness

    In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. (Luke 1: 75)

You may use any sources — both tangible and intangible, both material and immaterial — to reflect them.

10) Who did start Christmas celebration?

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Who did start Christmas celebration?

Answer

The angels and the shepherds (Luke 2: 13-14, 20) started Christmas.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2: 13-14)

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. (Luke 2: 20)


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