Originally posted by Crushing DayIt's an interesting question, Jehovah Whitnesses of cause don't and they don't celebrate anyones birthday. The Romans celebrated on the same day the Feast of Saturn. It's so removed form the message, that it's more about seeing family and for some the only time the family do travel to meet togeather. It's a reason to eat too much for some. Various cultures celebrate it and it's fun, so what reason would you have for stopping someone? I don't think it's a religous celebration- but if it means childern asking about the story and learning something new, that's a good thing isn't it.
Just curious about their position on this.
Originally posted by AThousandYoungBecause the conversion process was made a lot easier by letting people continue to practice their long standing folk customs. Even better if you can integrate Christ with the major celebrations of the year.
Converting the Germans was a big step in the advancement of the Church. I'm not sure why it got transformed into a false "Jesus' Birthday" though.
Originally posted by epiphinehasSo the tradition my family has of having a play dramatizing the story of Jesus' birth as told in the New Testament is of pagan origin?
Xmas has nothing at all to do with Jesus Christ.
The traditions associated with Xmas are all of pagan origin.
Originally posted by twhiteheadI suppose an exception should be made for Bing Crosby, too?
So the tradition my family has of having a play dramatizing the story of Jesus' birth as told in the New Testament is of pagan origin?
Does the same apply to Easter? Are the Easter Bunny, the Easter Egg and the Resurrection all pagan stories too?
Originally posted by epiphinehasYouve got the 'smiley-face' disease Epi.
I suppose an exception should be made for Bing Crosby, too?