There are many discussions floating around the internet and YouTube about Christmas being a pagan holiday. However, this is found to be far from the truth. There are many components of Christmas that have been placed higher than Jesus Christ, which is sad, because we should be worshiping Christ at Christmas. It is all about Him!
What do presents, lights, a tree, tinsel, ribbon, etc. have to do with Christ then? Does the Bible actually support these things? We think it does. Let’s go through each segment of Christmas generally and review them according to the Bible.
So the old Douglas/Balsam/Fraser/Canaan/Grand/Noble/Concolor Fir, or the White/Scotch/Virginia Pine, how about the Blue/Norway/White Spruce, or how about the Arizona/Leyland Cypress, or even the Red Cedar? That’s about 16 types of Christmas trees. But what does the Bible say about them?
We learn about the Cedars of Lebanon, found in Isaiah 35:2; 60:13. It is a symbol of Lebanon. This is a good reference that means that the Bible acknowledges trees and loves them. It is a sign of life!
Very simply the Christmas lights mean the Light of the World that we acknowledge and love: Jesus Christ! (John 8:12). Any lights that are lit must remind us of Jesus being the Light of the World.
Jeremiah 10:3-4, “3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. 4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.”
Although it says these customs are vanity, if someone feels better to do them, then do them as unto the Lord!
Ribbons, bows, and other decor
Incidentally, this is not found in the Bible. Therefore, it is up to the person to decide if they can glorify God with ribbons and bows.
Presents and gifts
Gift giving is encouraged in the Bible. Look in Luke 6:38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
But God gifted the most perfect gift: Jesus Christ, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17; see also John 3:16).
This can be found in many Scriptures: the Psalms, Isaiah 44:23; 49:13; Acts 16:25.
As you can see, many of these things point to Jesus Christ and we can feel glad that they do, for it is important to worship Jesus Christ at Christmas and enjoy the manifestation of His Presence at all times!