Questions

Questions: Can you celebrate Christmas if you are not a Christian?

An extremely interesting question.

Christmas in the world of Christianity is a celebration for the birth of Jesus Christ, although his actual birthday is not stated in the bible. Similarly it is not known when people began celebrating the 25th of December as Christmas however it is believed that it was some time within the fourth century.

My answer to this question is yes. We all celebrate Christmas by exchanging gifts with family and friends forgetting the real reason we even began to celebrate the holiday. The hard truth is that companies have bought Christmas, they bought the holiday created and image for Santa and earn millions of pounds a year which to be honest is possibly the best marketing scheme ever.

Upsetting as it is, I know Christmas has started when I see the Coca Cola adverts with their image of Santa on the vans. This is the world we live in. Christmas is no longer about the birth of Jesus Christ, it is all about commercialism. Who has the best advert? Who creates the best product? Who sells the most turkey? This is the 21st century.

To be honest I don’t see anything wrong with non Christian families celebrating Christmas in this day and age, as long as they are not celebrating it for Christian reasons. By all means celebrate the commercial version of Christmas, but if you are, for example, an athiest/agnostic family and only attend church on Christmas day then I don’t think that is right.

Christmas has lost it’s sanctity, yes, but you could argue that it is just moving with the times. Look at Halloween, formerly All Hallows Eve, all that holiday has done is move in the the next century. My point is in this century we have all been lured in by the advertising presented to us. We just HAVE to buy that Christmas pudding that is half price and celebrate the day like the rest of the world.

It has become part of our culture in Britain and in that sense I see no harm in a holiday that brings us all together for at least one day of happiness, forgetting about the heartache a lot of people face on a daily basis. I guess in a sense, we just need an excuse for time off work sometimes and Christmas is something that happens every year and we can always look forward to it.

If you are Christian you should definitely celebrate Christmas in the way you are supposed to as a sign of respect for your religion and God, that is a given, but for everyone else. Don’t feel guilty. You are only doing the same thing as the majority of the world, moving with the times and there is no shame in that.

What are your views on the topic? I’d love to hear them, even opposing views are welcome.

Comment below or reach me on Twitter or Facebook

Advertisements

7 replies »

  1. The bigger question is why does Christianity celebrate Jesus’ birthday on a pagan holiday (i.e. December 25th was the pagan festival in honor of the sun god)?

    • That is absolutely the bigger question. Technically the pagan holiday ended on the 25th. It started on the 17th of December and ran until the 25th and it was a period if lawlessness. In other words no one could be punished for commuting crimes during that period of time. Christianity tried to convert pagans by taking the holiday, they called it Jesus birthday because a lot of pagans didn’t want to transfer religion due to the 25th actually meaning nothing to Christians.

      • With respect to civilizations in the northern hemisphere, the sun reaches its lowest point above the horizon at the Winter Solstice (on December 22nd). The ancients would refer to this event as the death of the sun (son). The sun would remain at its lowest point for three days, at which time it would move north once again (on December 25th). Ancient man considered that the sun was resurrected (born again) on December 25th, which resurrection would then be celebrated at the following Spring Equinox. Therefore, spring religious festivals (like Easter) generally centered on a god whose own death and rebirth symbolized the death and rebirth of life associated with the Spring Equinox.

    • For me, the date is irrelevant. It’s not about the celebration of that specific day, or the date we “celebrate” it. It’s more about the actual event of Jesus’ birth.

      What grinds my gears is that we need a special day to do this. The very faith of Christianity is built upon daily remembrance of Jesus’ life and sacrifice, so it annoys me that the American church waits for one special day to celebrate it. This is something that should be done year-round. Ah, Americanized Christianity.

      • There is also the fact that it isn’t even on the date of Jesus birth because the bible doesn’t state his birth date. Backing up your statement, the bible makes no big deal about the date of his birth so why should we turn it in to one day?

Leave a Reply