I don't know about anyone else, but it always saddens me to see all these amazing, regal spruces being chopped down just so people can decorate and gawk at them for a few weeks, before discarding them.
And for what?
Originally, it was to celebrate a man-made holiday designed to honor the birth of Jesus (who was actually born on the first day of Sukkot/Tabernacles, which falls in the September/October timeframe!) - yet Christmas is about everything EXCEPT him.
Oh, sure, churches put up trees, discuss the birth of Messiah and offer special Christmas Eve services for the pious to attend (including many who claim to be believers and take time out to be seen once a year...).
But mostly, Christmas is a holiday with a purpose that's long been forgotten. The fact that many can't even be bothered to spell out CHRISTMAS - preferring instead to use "X-mas" - is PROOF positive that "Christ" isn't in this celebration....
Anyway, in America alone, we destroy around 16 million trees each year for this bogus holiday designed to get people to reach deep into their pockets and buy, buy, buy ... things they go into debt for, without thinking twice. (After all, MOST Americans have credit cards, many of whom are literally slaves to their lenders because they don't have sense enough to STOP using them, get OUT of debt and regain control of their lives....)
Christmas saddens me on many levels, and I'm pretty sure that our Creator feels the same way.
Jeremiah 10: 1 Hear the word Adonai speaks to you, house of Isra'el! 2 Here is what Adonai says: "Don't learn the way of the Goyim, don't be frightened by astrological signs, even if the Goyim are afraid of them; 3 for the customs of the peoples are nothing. They cut down a tree in the forest; a craftsman works it with his axe; 4 they deck it with silver and gold. They fix it with hammer and nails, so that it won't move. 5 Like a scarecrow in a cucumber patch, it cannot speak. It has to be carried, because it cannot walk. Do not be afraid of it - it can do nothing bad; likewise, it is unable to do anything good!" (CJB)
For all the reasons why Christmas isn't biblical, please check out just a couple of my articles: The pagan origins of Christmas; and Christmas isn’t biblical.
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