I try to avoid the worst, usually secular aspects of the holiday - the excessive consumption, the more jarringly obnoxious carols and music, and the relentless marketing. The better aspects - gathering with loved ones and the spiritual connotations (both Christian and non-Christian) are worthy enough that the historical accuracy of the date doesn’t concern me.
I don’t agree with you about not observing Christmas.
You’re right that there is no evidence of early Church observation of Christmas – on any date. (Seems that the same could be said of Easter too.)
I have no problem with Traditions and traditions (both small- and capital-T). I see them as ways to encourage reverence and remembrance. Good on people who don’t need such reminders or encouragement, but I see nothing wrong with having such occasions and traditions.
I don’t disagree that December 25th probably isn’t Jesus’s birthday but…one of the 365 is and I’m happy to celebrate it on that day, along with everyone else. I don’t look at the technical aspect of it but more towards the joy and positive spirit of the season. There’s so much doom and gloom in this world, it’s nice when the Christian world comes together and celebrates The Lord’s birthday.
Yes and no. You actually can find Christ’s Birthday by correctly dividing the Word of God. The date we celebrate in the West for his birthday isn’t really Jesus’s date of birth. but it certainly is related to his nativity. December 25 is within 24 hours of The angels annunciation to Mary. It is Christ’s conception day and therefore the day that God came to live among us in the flesh.
For those interested the way you can divide the Word of God on this subject is to understand the Jewish calander and what Zechariah’s priestly duty cycle was when he was visited by an angel to tell him of John the Baptist’s impending conception. that date is fixable. and Christ’s conception occurred when Elizabeth was 6 months along. The course of Mary’s pregnancy was uneventful and so the birthday is calculable within a day or two.
So Christmas is celebrated on his conception day. But Christ himself said to not celebrate his birth but his death. Elsewhere he said do not be a respecter of days. However I am reasonably sure that if a Christian properly understands the significance and import of his act of becoming a human pass over lamb and therefore the actual culmination of the salvation plan in his death; that a little celebration of his birth would still be OK.
Yule is on the 21st. Christmas (as most celebrate it) is pretty much a blatant rip off of Yule.
Not exactly. We still celebrate the yule tide. If not for Christmas, nobody would even know what this pagan observance is. Including you or me. Am I right? We are pretty sure of the time for Easter. Being during Passover and all. But Christmas is not so clear. So in my opinion any random day will work. The spirit is more important than the actual day.