2) The Gospel writers take considerable time to describe the Messiah’s birth (see Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2). Shouldn’t we also take time to remember this amazing event, one that has changed the world forever? This is a great time of the year to meditate on these extraordinary chapters in the Bible.
3) Just think of all the wonderful hymns that we sing at this time of the year, like “Joy to the World” and “Come Let Us Adore Him” – there’s even the special custom of singing Christmas carols from door to door – and only a spiritual Grinch would want to steal this joy from us.
4) This is a special time for families to enjoy quality time together, a time for thanksgiving that the Savior has come into the world, a rare family-oriented, holy day on the Christian calendar. If we get rid of this, what are we left with?
5) Although many irreligious people love the trappings of Christmas, “the world” actually hates Christmas and the Christ after whom it is named. That’s why there’s such an effort to remove Christ from Christmas and to secularize completely the holiday season. This alone should be a sufficient sign to Christians that this is a sacred holiday worth fighting for.
So, Should Christians celebrate Christmas? Should we fight to keep “Christ” in Christmas? Or should we celebrate Hanukkah instead? What are your thoughts?
Let the debate begin.
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, includingLine of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.