Christmas (which is “the Mass of Christ”) is not mentioned in the bible; we have not been told by anyone to observe it. Meaning, it is from man’s creation which began in the early fourth century.
Some Christian denominations think Christmas is pagan worship. No, it is not. Some also say it was inspired by God. Maybe yes, because Rome, in the fourth century, realized how useless it was to continue paganism after instituting Christianity as their state religion. So they quickly replaced “Saturnalia and Sol Invictus,” a pagan celebration, with the Feast of the Nativity, to commemorate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. “Saturnalia” which was for Saturn, their god, was celebrated from the 17th to the 24th December. And “Sol Invictus” was celebrated on the 25th.
Christians then redeemed 25th December to celebrate the birth of Christ since. Was it not a much better thing these fellows did? And how is it a pagan worship?
Christmas is not the same thing as “Sol Invictus,” which is the “Unconquered Sun,” they only share a date. It is like the day of Pentecost; God chose a day for the Holy Spirit to come, and that day fell on the day of a Jewish celebration (Acts 2). That does not make Christians Pentecostals. The Pentecostals, on that day were not waiting for God’s promise. It was the disciples in the upper room; they were waiting to receive the promise, and they did when the Jewish celebrants in that town were celebrating their whatever.
Remember God has given us the chance to do whatever we want to do with our lives. Yes, we have the free will. That is why God allows anything to happen provided man allows it to happen; that is God’s level. But He makes us understand that not everything is good for us. 1 Corinthians 10:23 says it this way: “You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’ but not everything is good for you.” And 1 Corinthians 6:12 also says, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient.”
So if we have chosen to allow the celebration of Christmas as Christians, He allows it. It is a matter of your conscience as Romans 14:5 says it: “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.”
Yours is to make sure that you have faith in what you are doing. For the bible in Romans 14:23 says, “And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” You may not like pork as a Christian, so it will be a sin if you force yourself to eat it whiles in fear. Secondly, please make sure the Christmas you are celebrating is to God’s glory; make sure it reflects Christ. No man will speak evil of Him if he or she is of Him. Mark 9:39 makes it clear: “But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.”
You can choose to say, “I will not work on the day Christ died for me, and I want my family to observe that day with me.” If you succeed and it becomes the norm in your family, God is fine with it. Not things like this will prevent you from having eternal life; what will prevent you is, you not believing in Jesus Christ. That is what the bible says (John 6:47). God forgave us while we were sinning, by making Christ to come and die for us (Romans 5:8); forgiveness is a gift which man did not work for.
So you can choose not to celebrate it, but do not condemn those who do. Christ never came to condemn man (John 3:17); do not if you are of the Lord Jesus Christ. Live everything to the Lord, and gently withdraw if you do not like it. Enjoy if you like it.
We know you may also be wondering when Christ was born. The date is nowhere indicated in the bible. Sextus Julius Africanus, a Roman Christian historian, was able to calculate it in the second century AD to be what we have today. We thank God for him.
Now you know where God approves Christmas in the bible, and why we, Christians, celebrate it on the 25th December; it is to remember the birth of the Jesus Christ. Man is allowed by God to create, and the creation of this festive season is a good one indeed. Hallelujah!