Just so I’m clear concerning holy days. I don’t believe the church should be celebrating any holy day that is not given to us in Scripture. The Scripture gives us 52 holy days a year, namely the LORD’s day, known as Sunday in these parts. This is our day to worship the Triune God and cease from our labors.
If you want to celebrate Christmas and Easter, go ahead. But the two holidays are not given to us in Scripture to do so. So two thoughts on these days. First, the reason we do not celebrate Easter, or should not, is because we already are celebrating Easter. By Easter I mean the resurrection of Jesus Christ, not pastels, bunny rabbits, egg hunts, candy and big hats for church. We celebrate the resurrection when we gather for worship on the LORD’s day, Sunday. The resurrection is also the reason why our holy day was shifted from the seventh day, Saturday, to the first day, Sunday. Jesus was raised up on the first day of the week, pointing toward the coming new heavens, new earth and new creation we become when we trust in Him for salvation. All of these reasons are solid enough to shift the day from the seventh to the first day of the week.
Secondly, concerning Christmas. Again, no where are we told to set aside a day celebrating the birth of Christ at a certain time of year. We know not when He was born and had the LORD wanted us to celebrate His birth, I think He might have told us so.
Also, given the fact that He gave us two sacraments, baptism and the LORD’s supper, shows what His emphasis was. Yes, it is awesome that the Second Person of the Trinity stepped into creation and became a man some 2,000 years ago. But the yearly celebration as a memorial to that event is not commanded in Scripture.
If you wish to continue with the traditions we have for Christmas, that is fine. But let’s call it a family holiday, not a Christian holy day. To call it a Christian holy day is to go against Scripture, which does not command it. In other words, by calling Christmas a Christian holiday we are adding to Scripture and saying what God has not said for us to say.
Third, if believers would just keep the LORD’s day as we have been commanded to do in Scripture, and quit getting upset over every stupid atheistic slight, we would be far better off spiritually speaking than we are.
Finally, please know that I do celebrate levels of Christmas when it comes to my family. I don’t even mind bringing up the birth of Christ. But trying to make a holiday that is really more about Santa, about Christ, does not work for me. So I make it about Santa and have told my boys that Santa is someone who loves them very much, since I am Santa and all those who given them gifts are Santa. I also tell them that Santa also comes from the land of make believe. I do this so that they are not confused about Christ, who does not come from the land of make believe, but is our living Savior.