Why I Don’t Keep Christmas

It may seem odd that a Christian, of all people, would choose not to celebrate Christmas. After all, Christ’s name is in the word Christmas, right?

But it doesn’t take long when researching Christmas to discover that it got its start thousands of years before Christ and is steeped in paganism.

I am not here to convince you of this—a simple Google search will show you what I only touch upon below, but I am here to tell you that there are those who follow Christ with all their heart, soul, and mind who do not keep Christmas out of deep respect for and reverential fear of Almighty God.

Many of you may not be aware that:

  1. In pre-Christian Rome, Saturnalia (named after their deity, Saturn), was a week-long observance in honor of the Winter Solstice with the sun-god Mithra’s December 25th birthday being the most sacred day. Subsequently, Yuletide is the Norse and Celtic version of Saturnalia.
  2. Four centuries after Christ when the Romans adopted Christianity as their state religion, they changed the name from Saturnalia to Christmas to make what they were already celebrating more appealing and acceptable to the newly converted Christians of the day. The Roman Catholic Church was more concerned with filling their coffers and keeping their power than with adhering to biblical truth and did the same thing—mixing religious traditions with the local pagan customs—with Easter, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day.
  3. It is a fact that no one knows the exact date of Christ’s birth, but in Luke 2:8 the Bible says, “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.” Shepherds were not in the fields in late December in that region because it would have been too cold and rainy for them and their livestock. According to many Bible scholars, mid-September to October is a more likely date.
  4. In Jeremiah 10:2–4, a striking similarity to the Christmas tree is mentioned hundreds of years before Christ. “Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way if 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 workman with the axe. They deck it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammer that it move not.”

Continued research will uncover more startling facts: Santa Claus, gift exchange, Yule logs, kissing under the mistletoe, and other Christmas traditions can all be traced back to their pagan roots.

I know many say they want to restore the “true meaning” of Christmas.


But you can’t restore Christ, or put Him back, when He wasn’t there to begin with.


I know many say they aren’t worshiping old pagan customs but Jesus Christ.


Then why do we need to start with an ungodly template—Christmas—and build from there, adding, subtracting, restoring, and replacing to worship Him?


If God wanted us to celebrate His Son’s birth, we would know the precise date and God would have left no doubt in His word. We would not have needed a pagan holiday to achieve this.

In Ezekiel 22:26, God made it very clear we are not to mix the holy with the profane.


Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. Ezekiel 22:26


Christ Himself in Matthew 15:9 said, “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.”

Then how are we to worship Him?


But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23–24


My husband and I strive to worship God this way.

Free from the tinsel and stockings, gift wrap, and debt. Free from the trappings of the world and the commonly-held, but erroneous beliefs of the day.


Even if that means sailing against the prevailing winds, and being all the more peculiar of the peculiar people.


But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 1 Peter 2:9


My purpose in writing this is not to offend.

I realize there are many sincere Christians who celebrate Christmas who have never been aware of its beginnings.

But oftentimes, people—Christians included—blindly go along with what everybody else is doing without knowing why. Or if they do learn, would prefer that that pesky truth not upset their happy-cart.

This so-called “Christian” holiday with its heart-tugging music and mesmerizing lights can become more important to us than seeking God’s revealed truth. All the feel-good emotions it creates does us no good if we step outside of God’s will for our lives for the sake of long-held family traditions.


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Dear Christian, we are all part of God’s family at different stages of growth.

We must act on the truth that God has shown us without fear of man (be they mothers, fathers, neighbors, friends, or even our very own children).

And having a good conscience toward God, we must go forward, bravely and obediently, with the knowledge each one of us has been given.



Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

2 Corinthians 6:17–18


Abiding in the Vine,

~ Gleniece 


The post “Why I Don’t Keep Christmas” first appeared on Desert Rain.

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Happy wife, morning tea and Bible study-er, evening wine and chocolate lover. Ever thankful for the gift that is Christ.


  1. Cindy says

    Hi, Gleniece. Great article about the pagan festival called Christmas. My husband and I also do not celebrate Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter or Halloween since they are steeped in paganism. It’s nice to hear others state the same reasons as we do. Thanks for sharing this and alerting others to the origins of man-made traditions around paganism.
    I also wrote a post on this, 215ministry/christmas-debate/, that you might be interested in reading.
    Thanks again for sharing this important truth, Gleniece!

    • Gleniece says

      You’re welcome, Cindy! Isn’t it wonderful to find another Christian who asks questions and takes a stand against paganism? It can be a lonely task, though. But I’d rather be alone and following God’s truth than not. Thank you for including the link to your article. I read it just now and enjoyed your perspective. Continue to stand strong on biblical truth, my friend. Have a great night.

  2. Ivanna | Provocative Joy says

    This is a really helpful compilation of Scripture and history that explains more about the true origins of Christmas. I live overseas in an international community and it’s showed me how many things we do in the States that are purely cultural. At home, since it’s our normal, we can convince ourselves otherwise, but when you go abroad and meet and hear from others, it’s easier to see.

    • Gleniece says

      Thank you, Ivanna. I’ve noticed that those living outside the U.S are more prone to accepting these truths than others here. It can be really hard going against our own culture, but Christ must always come first in our life. No matter the pressure.
      Thanks again for your visit and comment, Ivanna. Have a lovely day. ?

  3. Raising Samuels says

    Thank you for sharing this with Social Butterfly Sunday. I think everyone has their own beliefs and it was interesting to hear the history of all of this. Hope you will link up again this week 🙂

    • Gleniece says

      Thank you, Kelly.
      Our aim in this life should be pleasing our Father in heaven with a clear conscience. Love to you.

  4. Becky says

    I have heard many of these, but I must say, I’ve never read that Scripture in Jeremiah 10 before! I appreciate you sharing this, as uncomfortable as it may be for some to hear. Very thought-provoking, and definitely something everyone in the Body of Christ should consider!

    • Gleniece says

      Hello, Becky. I’m so glad you stopped by. Thank you.
      Yes, if we are true believers in Christ, “uncomfortable” truths will crop up. But God will give us grace and strength to walk His path.
      Have a beautiful day.

  5. Maria from Collecting Moments says

    Such a thought-provoking post and very interesting facts indeed. Thank you for writing your beliefs while not being judgmental or alienating those who may not have the same views as you. It takes finesse and grace to do that, and not very many are as successful with it as you were with this piece. Everyone is different in their own way, and you’ve exemplified here how/and why that’s ok. Thanks for joining us on #Shinebloghop!

    • Gleniece says

      Thank you so much, Maria, for your kind words and for reaching out.
      I believe our convictions should always be God-led, not crowd-led. God reveals things to each individual as He sees fit in His time. Our responsibility is to conform to His image, not to the standards of others.
      I’m glad to have connected with you lovely women on #Shinebloghop and I hope to do so again.

  6. Janis Cox (@AuthorJanisCox) says

    So glad you joined us at Word of God Speak. A very interesting and thought-provoking post. We have a family gathering a couple of weeks ahead of Christmas. We give little gifts to the kids but instead of buying gifts for adults, we donate to those in need. We share our stories. This year my hubby and I will be spending Christmas by ourselves. We hope to find somewhere we can share His Word and help someone in need. We are praying for revelation.

    I did have all 7 grandchildren do a Christmas play for the adults. We used all the words from the Bible and even had Jesus a two year old when the magi visited. I prayed with them before we put on the play. Only 2 grandchildren understand Who Jesus is. I am praying for all the rest to come to know Him.

    The story of Jesus’ birth is recorded in the Bible and I know we have to know it and treasure it as Mary did.

    Celebrations – I am not crazy about birthdays, or any other celebrations. I like getting together with family, playing together and loving one another.


    • Gleniece says

      Hello, dear Janis. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family traditions. Getting together with our families is a great joy.
      Thank you for the compliment on my post. We all come from different places in knowledge, and we must proceed as the Lord directs us. Everything we do must be for God’s glory.
      I appreciate you providing a link up for us at Word of God Speak. Thank you for welcoming me. 🙂


  1. […] I read an interesting blog post recently by a woman whose family had decided not to celebrate Christmas. She had researched the holiday and found it had been started by the Romans around 300 AD. They took a pagan festival and put our Saviour into it to celebrate His birth. Jesus’ real birth probably is in October. If you are interested you can read her post at Why I don’t keep Christmas. […]

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