I am a Christian and I don't keep Christmas. You might ask why, since Christ's birth is obviously mentioned in the Bible... Here is why. Many traditions of Christmas were kept by the pagans long before Christ was ever born. Long before Christ was born, heathens brought an evergreen tree into their home around the time of the Winter Solstice (December 25th) and they called the celebration Yule. Pagans and Satan worshippers still keep Yule, which contains most of the of the same traditions that Christmas does. Have you ever asked yourself why you are keeping the same holiday traditions as Satan worshippers and pagans?
Because something is widely held by many people as true, does not make it true. Hear me out. Tradition is strange sometimes...long ago, people practiced slavery. It was widely accepted. In the past, people practiced human sacrifice, and even as late as the 1960s, after a tsunami in South America, a child was thrown off a cliff to appease the sea. Based on tradition, men still carry their brides over the threshold. Why, because 1000s of years ago, it was thought that if your bride tripped as she came over the threshold it was bad mojo. Makes no sense, in fact it is silly, but based on tradition, men still carry their wives over the threshold to this day. Tradition is strange sometimes. Now read about some pagan traditions in the Bible that sound a lot like Christmas....
Jeremiah 10 is an admonition to learn not the way of the heathen. Could you be practicing aspects of heathen sun worship and not know it?
Heathen Practices 1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaks unto you, O house of Israel:
2 thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; (NOTE:speaking of December 25th Winter Solstice) for the heathen are dismayed at them.
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.
Anciently, heathen child sacrifice was practiced around December 25th in a grove of evergreen trees.
Most people would be appalled if they knew the origin of the tradition of “gifts” under evergreen trees. Then, even as now, this winter solstice holiday was perceived as a time of great “peace on earth”.
Human sacrifice actually originated at the winter solstice (December 25th). Baal the sun god was supposedly satiated with these yearly sacrifices of first born children and all was well in the world. If they wanted good crops, tradition taught that they had to bring their firstborn children up to the age of 5 and offer them to the sun god Baal under a grove of evergreen trees. Baal's wife was named Ishtar *(Easter). She was a fertility goddess whose symbols were eggs and bunny rabbits. These were featured at her Spring Equinox festival called Easter. Back to Christmas though, go look in the Bible, you won't find any command to bring an evergreen tree in your house, because it was forbidden and was part of heathen worship.
Isaiah 57:5 describes the horrendous observance of child sacrifice, which the heathens practiced because they were dismayed at the signs of heaven (Winter Solstice December 25th.)
"Enflaming yourselves with idols, under every green tree slaying the children, in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks...”
"The valley it is speaking of here is The Valley of Ben Hinnom (Gehenna) and according to Biblical Archaeology Review, this particular place of child sacrifice was near some overhanging cliffs. An idol called Molech was located there, which was a molten idol with a cow’s head at the top and a fire pit below. Outstretched arms held the victim. There was a pulley system that slowly raised the arms up to heaven and the child was dropped into the fire pit below! The sacrificial alter was located in a grove of evergreen trees. Isaiah 57:5 clearly depicts the act of child sacrifice."
Read from the Mythology of all Religions, vol. 5. “Living infants and children were BURNED IN THE FIRE to the god Molech during this time. This was the time of the winter solstice (Dec. 25th) when those heathen were dismayed at the signs of heaven!”
The dolls under the evergreen tree in the home depicted idols or little clay effigies of the sacrificed children made under the grove of evergreen trees. You can't sanitize that. There is no way to make this ok, or good. And that is why I don't keep Christmas. I do keep Passover and the Holy Days, which is commanded by God and I do keep the Sabbath which is commanded by God, but I don't keep Christmas. God never commanded anyone to keep the day of Christ's birth.