Is it wrong to celebrate Christmas if you're not Christian or religious?
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Is it wrong to celebrate Christmas if you're not Christian or religious?

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We've all heard the slogan "Jesus is the reason for the season." Some Christians oppose secular celebrations of Christmas, and say non-Christians are guilty of offensive cultural appropriation. A 2015 Pew Research study showed that although 96 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, only half consider it a religious holiday. Christmas has pagan roots, and has evolved greatly over the centuries. Is it okay if it's a cultural and national celebration as well as a religious holiday? 🎄✝⛪

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Devout Christians say that between commercialism and materialism, it's already a struggle to keep the holiday sacred. They resent non-observers jumping on the Christmas bandwagon, and feel that the secularization of the holiday has deprived it of all meaning. Some even argue it's offensive cultural appropriation

Others argue real Christians should just mind their own business. Christ said nothing in the Bible about who could or couldn't celebrate his birthday.

Other religious leaders say the way that other people choose to celebrate the holiday shouldn't be Christians' focus. Pastor Erin Wathen urges observing Christians to let go of defensiveness around Christmas and cultivate a spirit of generosity:

“Happy Holidays” is a simple means of acknowledging that some of our neighbors–even some of our friends and relatives–are also in the midst of living their faith. And let’s face it: the “this is mine” attitude surrounding December 25 feels less like Christmas cheer, and more like Black Friday hoarding. Just sayin…

But some Christians are concerned that secular traditions are obscuring the religious roots of the holiday. In a Lifeway Research study, 63 percent of Americans agreed Christmas should include a trip to church. 

“Christmas traditions that have nothing to do with the Christian faith continue to multiply,” says Scott McConnell, vice-president of LifeWay Research. 

Others point out Christmas has evolved over the centuries. In fact, the early Christian church appropriated numerous pagan rituals, even moving the observation of the birth of Christ closer to the winter solstice to co-opt the pagan holiday. Decorating pine trees, hanging evergreens and holly indoors, the Yule log, mistletoe, the giving of gifts—it's all pagan.


The early American Puritans actually banned Christmas celebrations, because they didn't like that Christmas had pagan associations, and it was not a holiday designated in the Bible. The long view of history shows many people have had many different attitudes about the right way to celebrate the birth of Christ.

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