What do Santa, Yule logs, mistletoe, gift-giving and caroling have to do with the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Many people understand that Christmas has become very commercialized. Some are aware of the non-Christian history associated with Christmas. Is Christmas something Christians should celebrate?
We see the scene every year… decorated trees, evergreen wreaths and bright multi-colored lights. Sometimes there is a little crèche in the corner, depicting an infant child receiving lavish gifts. Yet most of the gift-giving these days is done by debt-laden adults, trying to outdo each other in gifting children, family members and friends with the latest style or fad.
Is this what Jesus Christ had in mind for His followers? For that matter, what do these traditions have to do at all with the birth of Jesus Christ? People often say, "Let's put Christ back in Christmas"—but was He ever there? Where did we get our many traditions? The answers may surprise you!