Christmas - Messiah's Birthday?
Do you know the origin of Christmas? What about the Christmas tree -- of "Santa Claus," -- of the mistletoe, -- of the holly-wreath, -- of the yule log, or of the custom of exchanging gifts? Does Christmas really celebrate the birthday of the Messiah? Was He born on December 25th? Did the early church of the New Testament celebrate Christmas?
Stop and think! Very few know why we do the things we do, or where our customs came from! We were born into a world filled with customs. We grew up practicing them, taking them for granted, but never questioning why!
We have supposed Christmas to be the chief of the "Christian" holidays. Without asking questions, we have blindly assumed its observance must be one of the principle teachings and commands of the New Testament. The world has supposed that the Messiah was born December 25th, and that the New Testament set this day aside as a major festival. We have supposed we exchange gifts because the wise men presented gifts to the newborn-child.
The word "Christmas" means "Mass of Christ" or, as it later became shortened, "Christ-Mass." It came to us as a Roman Catholic mass. And where did they get it? From the heathen celebration of December 25th, as the birthday of Sol the sun god! It is, actually, an ancient rite of baalism, which the Scriptures condemn as the most abominable of all idolatrous worship!
It is not so much as mentioned anywhere in the New Testament. Paul, the apostles, or the early true church, never observed it!
The idea that Yahshua was born December 25th, is one of the fables the Apostle Paul prophesied (II Tim. 4:4) would deceive the world in these latter days.
The truth is, Christmas is not the Messiah's birthday at all! And this festival, important as it seems to so many, is of pagan- Babylonian-origin! But does that make any difference? Isn't it all right to go ahead and observe it anyway? Isn't the "Christmas spirit" a good and splendid thing, regardless of how it got started? Isn't it okay if you are worshipping the Savior in your heart?
Yahshua was not even born in the winter season! When He was born "there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night" (Luke 2:8). This never could have occurred in Palestine in the month of December. The shepherds always brought their flocks from the mountainsides and fields and corralled them not later than October 15, to protect them from the cold rainy season that followed that date. Notice that the Scriptures prove in Song of Solomon 2:11, and Ezra 10:9, and 13, that winter was a rainy season not permitting shepherds to abide in open fields at night.
Says the Adam Clarke Commentary, Vol. 5., page 386. It was an ancient custom among Jews of those days to send out their sheep to the fields and deserts about the Passover (early-spring), and bring them home at commencement of the first rain.
Continuing, this authority states: "during the time they were out, the shepherds watched them night and day. As… the first rain began early in the month of Marchesvan, which answers to part of our October and November [begins mid October], we find that the sheep were kept out in the open country during the whole summer. And, as these shepherds had not yet brought home their flocks, it is a presumptive argument that October had not yet commenced, and that, consequently, our Lord was not born on the 25th of December, when no flocks were out in the fields; nor could He have been born later than September, as the flocks were still in the fields by night. On this very ground, the nativity in December should be given up. The feeding of the flocks by night in the fields is a chronological fact... See the quotations from the Talmudists in Lightfoot."
In Jesus and His Times, by Reader's Digest, page 24, we read - "During the winter (generally from November till Passover), when pasturage became slim and the rain and cold weather threatened, the sheep could no longer be kept outdoors and so were placed under cover. Because Luke mentions that the shepherds were 'out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night,' it is very likely that the traditional date for Christmas is inaccurate."
And in The Bible As History, by Werner Keller, page 354, we find - "At Christmas time Bethlehem is in the grip of frost, and in the Promised Land no cattle would have been in the fields in that temperature. This fact is borne out by a remark in the Talmud to the effect that in that neighbour-hood the flocks were put out to grass in March and brought in again at the beginning of November. They remained out in the open for almost eight months. Around Christmas time nowadays both animals and shepherds are under cover in Palestine."
If Yahweh had wished us to observe and celebrate His Son's birthday, He would not have so completely hidden the exact date. And He would have included instructions for us to do so.
There is not one word in the New Testament, or anywhere in the Scriptures, telling us to observe Christmas. The church of the first century, under the inspired teachings of Peter and Paul and the other apostles, never observed it. There is no scriptural authority for its observance.
Then where did we get "Christmas"?
Since it has come to us thru the Roman Catholic Church, and has no authority but that of the Roman Catholic Church, let us examine The Catholic Encyclopedia, published by that Church. Under the caption "Christmas," you will find:
"Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the Church.. . The first evidence of the feast is from Egypt." "Pagan customs centering around the January calends gravitated to Christmas."
Encyclopedia Britannica has this: "Christmas (i.e., the Mass of Christ). Christmas was not among the earliest festivals of the church. It was not instituted by Christ or the apostles, or by Bible authority-it was picked up afterward from paganism."
(From The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, vol. 1, page 24.) "December 25th, celebrated as Christmas only since the fourth century AD, was chosen by early Christian leaders for both practical and symbolic reasons. In the pagan Roman Empire it had been the date of the beginning of the year's most popular feast, the Saturnalia, a time of wild holiday abandon. It was also astrologically significant, occurring as the winter sun began to move back toward its zenith in the summer heavens. It was the day, in other words, when all could see that the cycle of the seasons would continue and that life would begin again after the symbolic and literal death of winter."
In The Bible As History, page 353, we read - "December 25th is referred to in documents as Christmas Day in 354 for the first time. Under the Roman Emperor Justinian, it was recognized as an official holiday. An old Roman festival played a major part in the choice of this particular day. December 25th in Ancient Rome was the "Dies Natalis Invicti," the "birthday of the unconquered," the day of the winter solstice and at the same time, in Rome, the last day of the Saturnalia, which had long since degenerated into a week of unbridled carnival and therefore a time when the Christians could feel most safe from persecution."
Also, in Schaff-Herzog Religious Encyclopedia, page 93, we find - "It is admitted by the most learned and candid writers of all parties that, within the Christian Church, no such festival as Christmas was ever heard of till the third century, and that not till the fourth century was far advanced did it gain much observance.
"Upright men strove to stem the tide, but in spite of all their efforts the Apostasy went on till the Church, with the exception of a small remnant, was submerged under pagan superstition…that Christmas was originally a pagan festival is beyond all doubt."
These authorities show Christmas was not observed by "Christians" for the first two or three hundred years. It got into the Western, or Roman Church, by the fourth century A.D. It was not until the fifth century that the Roman Church ordered it to be celebrated as an official "Christian" festival!
Then how did this heathen custom creep into a so-called Christianity?
The Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia explains it clearly, in its article on "Christmas:" "How much the date of the festival depended upon the Pagan Brumalia (Dec. 25) following the Saturnalia (Dec. 17-24), and celebrating the shortest day of the year and the "new sun" ... cannot be accurately determined. The pagan Saturnalia and Brumalia were too deeply entrenched in popular custom to be set aside by Christian influence... The pagan festival with its riot and merrymaking was so popular that Christians were glad of an excuse to continue its celebration with little change in spirit and in manner. Christian preachers of the West and the Near East protested against the unseemly frivolity with which Christ's birthday was celebrated, while Christians of Mesopotamia accused their Western brethren of idolatry and sun-worship for adopting as Christian this pagan festival."
The Customs of Mankind relates - "Christmas was originally a festival of the Winter Solstice. It was customary to hold great feasts in honor of the heathen gods. The early teachers of Christianity prohibited these festivals as unsuited to the character of Christ. Yet the symbols and customs of the old festivals are adapted to the new, and so we find Christmas patterned with many customs of pagan origins."
Page 14 of The Winter Solstice, by John Matthews says - "Fire and light. These are the two poles around which the festival of Midwinter revolves. From the time of the first Neolithic farmers, through to the Celtic tribes, and later the Romans who invaded the land of Britain in AD 43 and remained until AD 436, the common practice was the celebration of the Midwinter sun (a god whose necessary power was sovereign). Thus ceremonies were almost always based around the need to preserve light and to ensure the return of the sun."
From page 23 of the same source, we find - "Saturnalia itself developed from the older rituals of Midwinter into a riotous assemblage of fun, laughter, and gift giving. It is, indeed, from this festival that we receive the idea of giving gifts at Christmas and not from the gifts of the Magi as commonly supposed."
Found on page 964 of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, revised by Ivor H. Evans, we find that Saturnalia is - "The ancient Roman festival of Saturn, celebrated on the nineteenth of December and eventually prolonged for seven days, was a time of freedom from restraint, merry-making and often riot and debauchery. During its continuance public business was suspended, the law courts and schools were closed and no criminals were punished."
Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend, on page 974, says -"The usual was suspended during the Saturnalia: no punishments were handed down by the courts; schools were closed; war-making ceased; the toga was replaced by an undergarment; masquerading and change of dress between the sexes occurred; gambling, especially dicing, was fully countenanc-ed; social distinctions not only were not observed, but often reversed, as in the instance of masters serving their servants; speech and action (as in many fertility ceremonies) were to some extent unbridled. The whole series of observances obviously place the Saturnalia among the fertility rites; everything tended towards increasing the fruitfulness of nature and of the people of ensuring the rotation of the seasons by observing the turn of the sun northward again. The gift of imitation fruit has apparently to do with increase; the candles indicate the making of new fires customary at the solstices; the dolls, as has been noted as early as Varro, are the remains of the custom of human sacrifice."
Remember, the Roman world had been pagan. Prior to the fourth century, believers were few in number, though increasing, and were persecuted by the government and by pagans. But, with the advent of Constantine as emperor, who made his profession of Christianity, in the fourth century, placing Christianity on an equal footing with paganism, people of the Roman world began to accept this now popular Christianity by the hundreds of thousands.
But remember, these people had grown up in pagan customs, chief of which was this idolatrous festival of December 25th. It was a festival of merrymaking, with its special spirit. They enjoyed it! They didn't want to give it up! Now this same article in Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia explains how the recognition by Constantine of Sunday, which had been the day of pagan sun-worship, and how the influence of the pagan Manichaeism, which identified the Son of the Father with the physical sun, gave these pagans of the fourth century, now turning over wholesale to "Christianity", their excuse for calling their pagan-festival date of December 25th (birthday of the sun-god), the birthday of the Son.
And that is how "Christmas" got into so-called Christianity! We may call it by another name, but it's the same old pagan sun-worshipping festival still! The only change is in what we call it! You can call a rabbit a "lion," but it's a rabbit, just the same.
Again from the Britannica: "Certain Latins, as early as 354, may have transferred the birthday from January 6th to December 25th, which was then a Mithraic feast, . . . or birthday of the unconquered sun . . . The Syrians and Armenians, who clung to January 6th, accused the Romans of sun-worship and idolatry, contending that the feast of December 25th, had been invented by disciples of Cerinthus."
What is meant by a Mithraic feast? What's that got to do with Christmas?
In reading the Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, vol. 16, page 368, we find that Mithras was the Persian divinity of light; the ruler of the world. He supposedly slew the divine bull. From that dying bull sprang all the plants and animals that were beneficial to man. He became the god of the sun in the sixth century BC; also known by the Greeks as Helios. Cilician pirates took his story and worship to Rome in 68 BC. It was basically a man's religion. Women did not join in the rites.
In the third century AD, Mithras became a great rival of Christianity in the Roman world. In numerous ways it was similar to Christianity: the ideals of humility and brotherly love, baptism, communion, holy water, adoration of shepherds present at the birth of Mithras, Sunday, December 25th, immortality of the soul, the last judgment and resurrection.
From The Winter Solstice, page 53, we find - "Mithras was a solar deity who had been sent to earth by the God of Light to slay a huge bull whose blood was the source of all fertility on earth. Worshipers underwent extremely rigorous rites of baptism and self-sacrifice that ended when they reached a semi-divine status. The central event of the cult was the slaying of the bull, which was seen as a cosmic parable of creation and redemption.
"Mithras's birth was attended by shepherds, and at the end of his time on Earth, when Mithras returned to his father, he took a last supper with his followers, later remembered by believers in a communion of bread and wine. At the end he was believed not to have died but ascended to heaven, whence it was believed he would return at the end of time to raise the dead from their tombs for a final judgment."
But if we got Christmas from the Roman Catholics, and they got it from paganism, where did the pagans get it?
Where, when, and what was its real origin?
It is a chief custom of the corrupt system denounced all through Scriptural prophecies and teachings under the name of Babylon. And it started and originated in the original Babylon of ancient Nimrod! Yes, it stems from roots whose beginning was shortly this side of the flood!
Nimrod, grandson of Ham, son of Noah, was the real founder of the Babylonian system that has gripped the world ever since-the system of organized competition-of man-ruled governments and empires, based upon the competitive and profit-making economic system. Nimrod built the tower of Babel, the original Babylon, ancient Nineveh, and many other cities. He organized this world's first kingdom. The name Nimrod, in Hebrew, maybe derived from "Marad' meaning, "he rebelled." (Gen. 10:6,8-12)
From many ancient writings, considerable information is learned of this man, who started the great organized worldly apostasy from Yahweh that has dominated this world until now. Nimrod was so evil, it is said he married his own mother, whose name was Semiramis. After Nimrod's untimely death, his so-called mother-wife, Semiramis, propagated the evil doctrine of the survival of Nimrod as a spirit being. She claimed a full-grown evergreen tree sprang over- night from a dead tree stump, which symbolized the springing forth unto new life of the dead Nimrod. On each anniversary of his birth, she claimed, Nimrod would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts upon it. December 25th was the birthday of Nimrod. This is the real origin of the Christmas tree.
Thru her scheming and designing, Semiramis became the Babylonian "Queen of Heaven," and Nimrod, under various names, became the "divine son of heaven." Thru the generations, in this idolatrous worship, Nimrod also became the false Messiah, son of Baal the Sun-god. In this false Babylonian system, the "Mother and Child", (Semiramis and Nimrod reborn); became chief objects of worship. This worship of "Mother and Child" spread over the world. The names varied in different countries and languages. In Egypt it was Iris and Osiris. In Asia, Cybele and Deoius. In Pagan Rome, Fortuna and Jupiterpuer. Even in Greece, China, Japan, and Tibet are to be found the counterpart of the Madonna, long before the birth of the Messiah!
Thus, during the fourth and fifth centuries, when the pagans of the Roman world were "accepting" the new popular "Christianity" by the hundreds of thousands, carrying their old pagan customs and beliefs along with them, merely cloaking them with Christian-sounding names, the Madonna and "Mother and Child" idea also became popularized, especially at Christmas time. Every Christmas season you'll hear sung and chanted dozens of times the hymn "Silent Night, Holy Night," with its familiar "Mother and Child" theme. We, who have been born in such a Babylonian world, reared and steeped in these things all our lives, have been taught to revere these things as holy, and sacred. We never questioned to see where they come from.
Yahweh commands His faithful ministers, "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgressions!" Shocking as these facts are, they are the plain facts of history and the Scriptures.
The real origin of Christmas goes back to the ancient Babylon. It is bound up in the organized apostasy with which Satan has gripped a deceived world these many centuries! In Egypt, it was always believed that the son of Isis (Egyptian name for "Queen of Heaven") was born December 25th. Paganism celebrated this famous birthday over most of the known world for centuries before the birth of Yahshua.
December 25th is not the birthday of Yahshua the true Messiah! The apostles and early true believers never celebrated His birthday at any time. There is no command or instruction to celebrate it in the Scriptures.
Nowhere do the Scriptures tell us to worship "Mother and Child." The apostles and early true believers never did it!
Mary was highly blessed by Yahweh, and this has been acknowledged by all generations from that time-but this does not mean she is to be deified, worshiped, made a divine being, when she was merely human. The wide-spread worship of Mary, as "the Mother of God," the doctrine of the immaculate conception, which refers to her a counterfeit mediatrix between man and Yahweh, is a continuation of this ancient babylonian idolatry, begun by the clever deceptions of Semiramis, wife of Nimrod! It is inextricably bound up with the "Christmas" idea!
Thus the ancient idolatrous "Chaldean Mysteries", founded by this wife of Nimrod, have been handed down thru the pagan religions into the Catholic Church under new Christian-sounding names, and from there into the Protestant denominations and to the Christmas observers of today!
Now where did the mistletoe custom originate? Among the ancient pagans the mistletoe was used at this festival of the winter solstice because it was considered sacred to the sun, because of its supposed miraculous healing power. The pagan custom of kissing under the mistletoe was an early step in the night of revelry and drunken debauchery-celebrating the death of the "old sun" and the birth of the new at the winter solstice. Mistletoe, sacred in pagan festivals, is a parasite!
From Christian Customs and Traditions: Their History and Significance, by Clement A. Miles, page 731, regarding mistletoe, it says - "It was regarded as mysterious and sacred from earliest times from the Mediterranean to the Baltic, a bestower of life and fertility, a protection against poisons, and potent for numerous medical and magical uses, an allheal, an aphrodisiac."
Page 718 of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable says that kissing under the mistletoe was an English Christmas custom in the early 17th century. The mistletoe was to be hung overhead. If a female stood under it, the male was to pick a berry and give her a kiss. When the berries ran out, the kissing was to stop.
Holly berries were also considered sacred to the sun-god.
From Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend, page 501, -- "Holly is an evergreen tree or shrub with thorny leaves, white flowers, and red berries. The use of holly in religious ceremonies is of considerable antiquity; probably its use as a Christmas decoration was adopted by early Roman Christians from the Roman Saturnalia."
The yule log is in reality the "sun log". "Yule" means "wheel:' a pagan symbol of the sun. Yet today professing Christians speak of the "sacred yuletide season!"
From The Winter Solstice, page 98, we read - "The word yule has been variously interpreted as deriving from the Saxon word heal wheel, referring in this context both to the circling of the year and the circular motion of the sun.
"The Yule Log is above all a reminder of the importance of fire in the depth of the cold and darkness of Midwinter."
Even the lighting of fires and candles as a "Christian" ceremony is merely a continuation of the pagan custom, encouraging the waning sun-god as he reached the lowest place in the southern skies!
The Americana says: "The holly, the mistletoe, the Yule log... are relics of pre-Christian times." The book. Answers to Questions, compiled by Frederick J. Haskins, found in public libraries, says: "The use of Christmas wreaths is believed by authorities to be traceable to the pagan customs of decorating buildings and places of worship at the feast which took place at the same time as Christmas.
But could Santa Claus be a creature of paganism as well? Yes. And his real character is not so benevolent and holy as many suppose!
The name "Santa Claus" is a corruption of the name "St. Nicholas" a Roman Catholic bishop who lived in the 5th century. Look in the Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol. 19, pages 648-9, 11th edition, where you'll read: "St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra, . . . a saint honored by the Greeks and Latins on the sixth of December . . . A legend of his surreptitious bestowal of dowries on the three daughters of an impoverished citizen... is said to have originated the old custom of giving presents in secret on the eve of St. Nicholas [Dec. 6]. Subsequently transferred to Christmas Day. Hence the association of Christmas with Santa Claus."
Thru the year, parents punish their children for telling falsehoods. Then, at Christmas time, they themselves tell their little children this "Santa Claus" lie! Is it any wonder many of them, when they grow up and learn the truth, begin to believe Yahweh is a myth, too?
Is it "Christian" to teach children myths and falsehoods? Yahweh says, "You shall not bear false witness!" It may seem right, and be justified by human reason, but Yahweh says, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death!" "Old Nick" also is a term for the devil! Is there a connection? Satan appears as an "angel of light:' to deceive!
The Scriptures are silent about telling us to observe Christmas, or recording any such observance by the apostles or early true Church, but it does have something to say about the Christmas tree!
Jeremiah 10: 1-6 says: "Thus says Yahweh, Learn not the way of the heathen…For the customs of the people are vain; for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not."
There is a perfect description of the Christmas tree, termed by Yahweh as "the way of the heathen-the custom of the people." We are commanded not to learn that way or follow it! It is also viewed in this passage as idolatry. The fifth verse shows that these trees cannot speak-cannot walk-must be carried. "Be not afraid of them, for they (the trees) cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good" They are not gods to be feared. Some people misread this to make it say there is no harm in having a Christmas tree, but that is not what it says.
But when it comes to the most important part of all in this Christmas observance-the Christmas shopping season-the buying and exchanging of gifts-many will exclaim triumphantly, "Well, at least the Scriptures tell us to do that! Didn't the wise men give gifts when Messiah was born?"
First, let's look at the historic origin of trading gifts back and forth, then see exactly what the Scriptures do say about it.
From the Bibliotheca Sacra, Vol. 12. Pages 153- 155, we quote: "The interchange of presents between friends is alike characteristic of Christmas and the Saturnalia, and must have been adopted by Christians from the Pagans, as the admonition of Tertullian plainly shows."
The fact is, this custom fastened upon people of exchanging gifts with friends and relatives at the Christmas season has not a single trace of "Christianity" about it! This does not celebrate Messiah's birthday or honor it or Him! Suppose someone you love has a birthday. You want to honor that person on his or her birthday. Would you lavishly buy gifts for everyone else, trading gifts back and forth with all your other friends and loved ones, but ignore completely any gift for the one whose birthday you are honoring? Rather absurd, when viewed in that light, isn't it?
Yet this is exactly what people the world over are doing! They honor a day that is not Messiah's birthday by spending every dime they can scrape together in buying presents to trade back and forth among friends and relatives.
Now consider what the Scriptures say about giving gifts when Messiah was born. It is in Matthew 2:1-11. "Now when Yahshua was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying Where is he that is born King of the Jews...? And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."
Notice, they inquired for the child, who was born king of the Jews! Now why did they present gifts to Him? Because it was His birthday? Not at all, because they came several days after the date of his birth! Was it to set an example for us, today, to trade gifts back and forth among ourselves? No, notice carefully! They did not exchange gifts among themselves, but "they presented unto him gifts." They gave their gifts to the child, not to their friends, relatives, or one-another!
Why? Let me quote from the Adam Clarke Commentary Vol. 5, page 46: "Verse 11. (They presented unto him gifts). The people of the east never approach the presence of kings and great personages, without a present in their hands. The custom is often noticed in the Old Testament, and still prevails in the east, and in some of the newly discovered South Sea Islands."
They were not instituting a new custom of exchanging gifts with friends to honor Messiah's birthday. They were following an old and ancient eastern custom of presenting gifts to a king when they come into his presence. They were approaching Him, born king of the Jews, in person. Therefore custom required they present gifts-even as the Queen of Sheba brought gifts to Solomon-even as many people today take a gift along when they visit the White House for an appointment with the President.
No, the custom of trading gifts back and forth does not stem from this Scriptural incident at all, but rather, as quoted from history above, it is the continuance of an ancient pagan custom.
Christmas has become a commercial season. It's sponsored, kept alive, by the heaviest retail advertising campaign of the year. You see a masqueraded "Santa Claus" in many stores. Ads keep us deluded and deceived about the "beautiful Christmas spirit." The newspapers, which sell the ads, print flowery editorials exalting and eulogizing the pagan season, and its "spirit." A gullible people has become so inoculated, many take offense when told the truth! But the "Christmas spirit" is created each year, not to honor Messiah, but to sell merchandise! Like all Satan's delusions, it appears as an "angel of light" to make it appear good. Billions of dollars are spent in this merchandising spree every year. It's part of the economic system of Babylon!
We are Yahweh's people Israel! Yes, we're in Babylon, as Scriptural prophecy foretold, and we don't know it! "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues"-now soon to fall-is the warning of Rev. 18:4.
Yahshua, the Messiah, could not have been born in December, as we have seen. There is no mention in Scriptures of anyone observing His birthday. Yahweh lists for us, in Leviticus 23, the days He wants us to observe. Christmas, and all the other holidays the world observes, are not listed there. Should we observe them? In Deuteronomy 4:2, Yahweh says, "You shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish ought from it, that you may keep the commandments of Yahweh your Elohim, which I have commanded you."
Do you think that observing Christmas should not be a problem? Is it because you say you're worshipping your Savior, not the pagan gods and rituals? Then maybe you'd better consider more of Yahweh's words.
Deuteronomy 12:29 "When Yahweh your Elohim shall cut off the nations from before you, where you go to possess them, and you succeed them, and dwell in their land; v.30 Take heed to yourself that you be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before you; and that you inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? Even so will I do likewise.V.31 You shall not do so unto Yahweh your Elohim: for every abomination to Yahweh, which he hates, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters have they burnt in the fire to their gods.V.32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: you shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it."