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The Christian and The Christmas Tree. Should Christians Do As The “Heathen” Do?

Christmas Tree

Ok. I know that this blog may hit some nerves, but my hope is that it causes you to think and of course, I welcome opinions of how you feel about celebrating Christmas (pagan) holidays.

I will do this blog on Christmas and the Christmas tree, since that holiday season is upon us.  Putting up Christmas trees is something that has been done for centuries. It is something that is passed down from generation to generation. Many people get joy from putting up Christmas trees and enjoy the soothing affects of the lights and ornaments. For many, putting up the Christmas tree is a time for the family to come together and take ease from their otherwise busy lives. While for others, it is just something they like to do. No problem, right?

Then there are those who strictly forbid putting up a Christmas tree and celebrating Christmas at all. To them, it is pagan in nature and the Christian should have no part in anything that is considered pagan. They feel that Jesus was NOT born on December 25th so Christmas is not something that a true Christian should participate in. (I, too, have a problem with the tradition of Jesus being born on December 25th, but that is another blog). Those who believe Christmas/Christmas Tree is a pagan holiday have a go-to verse that they stand on and that is found in Jeremiah 10:1-10 and it reads as follows:

1 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 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. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O Lord; thou art great, and thy name is great in might. Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee. But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities. Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men. 10 But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

Now, at first glance, the Hebrews were told by God not to learn the ways of the nations (KJV says “heathens”). next, God explains what He meant….basically, don’t cut down trees to make idols out of.

The big debate among Christians is this: If one puts up a tree in their home or church, is it paganism? Are you/they actually worshiping the tree?

I have never seen anybody pray to or worship a Christmas tree. although there is one song that does pay homage to the Christmas Tree (I have found a couple of varying verses. You can check them out here –  and here.

On the other hand, there are some who would disagree saying that if you place gifts under the tree, you have to bow to it to get the gifts from under it, thus performing a certain degree of idol worship. I have heard someone even say that “when you put a gift under a tree, you are putting it there for the tree to protect the gifts until you are ready to open them”. Now, to me, that is a little far fetched, but people believe what they want to believe. Does putting up a Christmas tree make one an idol worshiper? I don’t think so..in my opinion. However, if one feels guilty about putting up a Christmas tree, then by all means, don’t doit.

Here is another Scripture I came across for this blog. It is in Isaiah 44:14-19 and it reads:
He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow. 15 It is man’s fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it. 16 Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.” 17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, “Save me; you are my god.” 18 They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand. 19 No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, “Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”

So, my question is this: Was God, through the prophets Jeremiah and Isaiah, condemning the CHRISTMAS TREE, or was HE (GOD) condemning the act of  IDOL WORSHIP?

Remember Exodus 20: 3-5 Ten Commandments

My next question is this: Was there a such thing as Christmas Trees in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament because Christmas is supposedly to be about the birth of Jesus and Jesus was not born during the time of Jeremiah and Isaiah. So, could GOD really have been talking about what we know as the Christmas tree? It does sound very similar (“They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter” Jeremiah 10:4)

In research, I found an interesting article here.  It is entitled, “Why December 25?” In this article, you’ll find and indepth explanation of HOW CHRISTMAS was originated and made into a Christian holiday.

My husband and I don’t put up a Christmas tree but when we used to, it was always in the corner and the gifts were never put under the tree, but rather near the tree. Also, my husband would not allow anyone to open up any gifts until AFTER he read the nativity story in Luke 2:1-20.

Personally, I will use any opportunity to tell people about Jesus’ birth, death, burial and resurrection. If December 25th is observed for Jesus’ birth by the world and the church, I feel that it is a great opportunity to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I don’t put people down for putting up Christmas trees, but I do try to let them know that the real reason for Jesus’ birth and it totally has NOTHING TO DO WITH A CHRISTMAS TREE or tangible gifts. The real gift is ETERNAL LIFE.

Call to Salvation:
The Christmas Tree, while beautiful to look upon, has no power to save anyone. Do you know Jesus Christ as Savior? Have you confessed Him with your mouth and believed in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead? If not, I offer you JESUS. I submit to you that HE is the Son of God and that HE came to this earth to sacrifice HIS life for our sins so that we can be back in right relationship with God the Father. Jesus shed His precious blood for you and I so that we can have everlasting life. Do you believe that? Will you accept Jesus as your Savior today?

Read these Scriptures for more clarity:

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Please leave comments. God bless.