Why I Don’t Do Christmas Anymore

I hate Christmas. I have not liked Christmas for a long time — well over ten years. When I was single, living on my own, I recognized this holiday was propped up by the entertainment industry as a time of warm & fuzzy feelings, but for me it was very empty.

This season wreaks of commercialism and I didn’t want any part of it. But year after year I’d put up a tree out of a sense of obligation and decorate it. I’d buy Christmas presents (on a very small scale), attend Christmas gatherings, eat lots of Christmas cookies, listen to Christmas music and watch lots of Christmas movies.

Then I’d remind myself that the real reason for the season was Jesus. I’d go to church, participate in the Christmas programs, go caroling, and read the Biblical account of Christ’s birth in Scripture — all with the hope of finding peace, joy and love during this horribly depressing, worldly holiday.

Then last year I chose not to celebrate the holiday. This was after a year of starting to keep the seventh day Sabbath set apart. I had spent the year studying the holy days in Leviticus 23 and started keeping them as best I could according to Scripture.

I started seeing the richness in these feasts and how *they* were truly all about Jesus. I saw how Jesus kept these festivals and Paul encouraged the gentile-turned believers to also keep the feasts. While I tried to share this with others, it was like nobody was interested.

During that year I started taking a deeper look at Easter and Christmas. I discovered that not only was Jesus *not* born on December 25th, but this day marks the birth of other gods in ancient history. Then I started looking into the origins of the Christmas tree and how Christmas even began as a Christian holiday, and I found it all rather disturbing.

The reason I found it all disturbing was because I had already purposed in my heart that I would love the LORD my God with my *whole* heart, mind and strength. Jesus said this was the first and greatest commandment. When I went back to Deuteronomy to see the context of this command, I found the way to do this was to obey all his commands.

The first of the Ten Commandmants is to have no other gods in his face. Well, Christmas is clearly about other gods.

Scripture also teaches that we are not to worship God in the manner of the heathen. The story of the golden calf demonstrates this. While others may not see Christmas as a picture of the golden calf, I do. Out of love for my God, I choose to have nothing to do with Christmas.

I understand not everyone feels the same as I do, and I’m okay with that. But I, personally, don’t want to have *any*thing to do with Christmas anymore. That is why I’m now done with Christmas.

5 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Do Christmas Anymore

  1. Posey Salem

    Carrie, the things you have shared are similar to what many of us have gone through. Bless you for sharing your heart and for standing up for truth. It is very hard to do this when you are being stared down by the face of 1,700 years of Christmas church traditions and even more years considering the long length of historic pagan worship.

    We too have left behind the celebration of Christmas and Easter as well and embrace the observation and celebration of YHWH’s biblical Feast days. It is a blessing to Bless His Name by keeping His Set Apart Days.

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  2. Lisa Barnes

    Carrie,
    I don’t share the same beliefs you do, but I have been struggling with the celebration of Christmas for several years.

    I appreciate you taking the time to explain your reasons.

    I told someone not too long ago that the reason we had Christmas in the winter was because of pagan tradition. Didn’t believe me. The count was in the spring not the winter.

    Oh well, I tried.

    Thanks again

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  3. Carrie Wigal Post author

    Thanks, Posey.

    Thanks, Lisa for your comment. I think there are a lot of people struggling with the celebration of Christmas…for various reasons.

    My heart truly goes out to those who suffer during this time…because no matter how badly someone feels there are dozens others who insist on trying to “cheer” them up with superficial reasons for why they should be happy. Or they just seek to distract them from the pain…come to a party, here’s a present, eat a cookie, have a drink, etc. After all, “it’s Christmas!” Unfortunately I believe many suffer either in silence or all alone.

    For those who are suffering, I’m willing to lend an ear, a shoulder, a word of encouragement because I too have suffered loss at this time of year, I have felt depressed and alone this time of year, I have felt like all those around me who claimed to be my friends were really just superficial acquaintances. I know what that feels like and I can empathize. I also know there is a light at the end of the tunnel…that there is hope.

    Bless you, ladies. 🙂

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  4. Cynthia Stout

    Carrie,
    Ditto! This past Christmas I put up a tree but reluctantly. We’ve started keeping the Sabbath, which we find blessed beyond our wildest imaginations! My husband brings flowers every friday afternoon. Not for me, but for welcoming God into our home in a special way He comes not like other days. The Sabbath is a blessed and sanctified day as He blessed it and sanctified it before he even created man! 🙂 It’s a wonderful gift He gave to us and we turn our backs and think its “done away with.” Uh, no, actually, it’s not! An AH-HAA moment for me and my family. Even my 20 something year old sons are realizing it and loving it. So now that we’ve learned about the Feast or “mo’ed” in Hebrew meaning appointments, that God made to Israel, I’m completely blown away. Quite shocking that something so magnificent can be forgotten or misunderstood. After all, Christ has completely fulfilled the first three with dying for us on Passover as our lamb, going into the tomb at the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened bread, being raised from the dead during the Feast of Unleavened bread and on the Feast of the First Fruits! He is the First of the First Fruits risen! Then 50 days later, as told some 1500 years prior, was the Feast of Pentecost or the fall harvest where the apostles were given the Ruach Hakadesh also known as the Holy Spirit! WOW! Now we have the Feast of Trumpets (doesn’t he say the trumpets will blow when he returns?) in the fall, followed by Yom Kippur or the Atonement for Israel, then the Sukkot or Atonement for the nations, followed by the Shmini Atzeret or the 8th day! It is glorious and I don’t want any part of the fake Easter that has it all wrong in regards to days and times or Christmas which was all about Zues and his mother the virgin Tammuz. Really? Have been so educated and yet so dumb to believe this nonsense? Yes, we really have been. I want to get rid of all of my Christmas stuff and know I have a lot of money invested in it, but I’m ready to just chuck it. I don’t care anymore about that “stuff.” It makes me sick to see it. I hear how our minister and everyone else justifies it in their mind, but I simply can not partake in it any more. I think I’m going to write all my family a note and telling them please send no gifts for Christmas any more or cards and don’t expect any from us. However, instead, I will randomly throughout the year send cards and gifts to all of them but because I want to! 🙂 Kind of like Christ said, “you don’t know when” I’ll return. Well, they won’t know when a gift is coming. 🙂 I think this year though, I’ll have it arrive on the Feast of Trumpets. heh heh. I’m so much happier and so is my family. As a Gentile, I know I don’t have to keep these Feast and I don’t have to keep the Sabbath, but I do so because His laws are written in my heart and it is my delight to keep his laws that He wrote for Israel. I’m not Jewish, I’m a Gentile believer and I love what the Lord has done for me and you and all of us if only we will take the veil off and see the glory! My veil is off and wow, it’s like going from a black and white movie to a 3D HD living color movie! 🙂 Shalom Carrie and all of you!

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  5. Carrie Wigal Post author

    Hi Cynthia,

    Thanks so much for sharing! Sorry it took so long for me to respond, but I really appreciated hearing your experience. Shalom to you and your family!

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