Jehovah's Witnesses And Christmas Essay

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What does Christmas mean to you? Some might say that Christmas revolves around family, presents, and religion. Why then do Jehovah’s Witnesses abstain from participating in Christmas? Contrary to popular opinion, Jehovah’s Witnesses are Christians. However, after thorough research of the origins of Christmas, they have found that many aspects of Christmas have pagan origins and are not supported by the Bible.
Jehovah’s Witnesses endeavor to base their beliefs on the Bible, and the Bible does not support many Christmas features. For instance, the Bible does not reveal the exact date of Jesus’ birth. Instead, the Bible gives ample reason to conclude that Jesus was not born in ...view middle of the document...

("Christmas: The History and Traditions.")
The story of Santa Claus and the exchange of presents are popular facets of Christmas, but they may do more harm than good. Although the basis for Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, was likely a real person, Santa Claus does not exist; nevertheless, Santa Claus is credited with bringing presents every Christmas. Therefore, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the recounted tale of Santa Claus conflicts with John 4:23, 24 which states that God must be worshipped with spirit and truth. In addition, as people rush to buy presents for one another, Christmas becomes more commercialized every year. Brad Henry once said, “Holiday traditions become tasks to check off a list, time with family and friends can be cut short by busy schedules. The joy we should experience is sometimes obscured by the stress we do experience.” However, Jehovah’s Witnesses generously give to others throughout the year and avoid much of the stress involved with debt. (Reasoning from the Scriptures)
In short, we have learned that Christmas lacks strong biblical support due to its pagan...

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