Pagan Holidays: Christmas, Easter, & More

"What's the big deal?"

"It's just innocent fun for the kids."

"It's a time for family."

"We are turning something bad into something good."

"I'm not a pagan."

"I don't worship pagan gods and idols. I worship God."

"What's wrong with celebrating Christ's birth and resurrection?"

"What you're saying just doesn't sound right or feel right."

These are just some of the responses and objections Christians have when confronted with whether Christians should celebrate Christmas, Easter, New Years, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, etc. And most people have little to zero knowledge about where these customs and traditions came from and why they do what they do. These traditions have been passed down to us from generation to generation. But the question isn't how we feel about it. The question is: How does God feel about his people adopting the customs and traditions of pagans and worshiping God in that way? Is that acceptable worship to God? That is what we should be asking ourselves. Let's take a look at what these customs and traditions are all about and then see what God has to say on the matter.

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matt. 15:9

Christmas - You may be celebrating the birth of Christ, but are we really honoring Jesus by celebrating Christmas?

Easter - You may be honoring the resurrection of Christ, but is this how God instructed us to do so?

Halloween - The most obvious of Satan's holidays. Yet Christians still seem to justify dressing their kids up like demons.

New Years - Who's new year is this? It's not God's new year. Who are we honoring by observing this celebration?

St. Valentine's Day - Who is St. Valentine? Who is Cupid?  

St. Patrick's Day - Who is St. Patrick? And did he spread the true gospel?

- Now that we know what these pagan holidays are all about, let's consult the only opinion that matters.

And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. Ex. 32:3-5 (It is commonly believed that the Israelites turned back to worshiping their false gods. While this is partially true, notice that they made the calf to honor the God that brought them out of Egypt. The feast was for the LORD. Aaron proclaimed a feast unto Yahweh. They were worshiping the true God that brought them out of Egypt by the same false traditions and pagan customs that they had learned in Egypt. Everyone knows about God's displeasure and anger toward this act. God did not approve of the Israelites worshiping him in this way.)

When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; Deut. 12:29-31 (God did not want Israel adopting the customs of the surrounding pagan nations. God is not pleased when his people worship him as the pagans worship their gods, He calls this an abomination. Christmas is loaded with pagan rituals and traditions. The origins of the Christmas holiday is 100% pagan, and we as Christians have adopted these customs and traditions of the pagans to worship our Savior’s supposed birthday. Is this what God wants?)

"On that day of judgment," says the LORD, "I will punish the leaders and princes of Judah and all those following pagan customs. Zeph. 1:8NLT 

And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. Lev. 20:23 

Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Gal. 4:8-11 (This is not talking about God’s holy days. The Galatians were heathens that knew nothing about God’s holy days. How could they “turn again” to observances they knew nothing about. Paul is condemning their return to pagan celebrations that were so dear to them. These “times” were the same “times” condemned in the old testament.) There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,… For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. Deut. 18:10,14 Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times. Lev. 19:26

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: Matt. 28:19-20 (Did he command them to observe God's Holy Days? YES!)

I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Amos 5:21 (These were not the feasts of God, but were the pagan feasts that God hated.)

Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—I cannot bear your evil assemblies. Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. Is. 1:13-14 (These are not the appointed feasts of God, but of the pagan nations that are detestable.)

Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he? 1 Cor. 10:18-22

One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. Rom. 14:5 (This is the common proof text given to show that we can observe whatever holidays we like. But this verse is not saying anything about holidays. The context of this verse is talking about those weak in the faith regarding food and fasting. Romans 14 parallels 1 Cor. 8 talking about foods sacrificed to idols. You can see that they are both talking about the same thing regarding those "weak" in the faith. So to suggest that this verse is talking about holidays is to take it out of context. One man esteems one day above another to fast and abstain from foods. Read verse 6, the very next verse. Also read the rest of the chapter and 1 Cor. 8.