I love how people always assume that Christians are so ignorant. Most christians actually are very aware that the Christmas tree originally had
nothing what so ever to do with Jesus. After all....we do read the NT, nope..no mention of Christmas trees there. What we know is that back during the
beginning of the Roman Catholic Church
(which by the way....the majority of your non-denominational Christians, Baptists, Methodists, etc will tell you...we do not in our own little circles
consider them "Christians" yes, they are believers of Christ, but, they are Roman Catholic, procedures, systems, laws, where as your typical
"Christian" has none of. We simply go to church and our Preacher finds something in the NT, shows us how it pertains to us today and we simply
easily follow what Jesus had to say in the NT. No procedures, or systems, just reading and following.)
The church leaders of that time, made the decision that when they went into "Pagan" towns they would explain to them how their festivals actually
coincided with the festivals of Jesus himself. This made it easier to convert them. Now, Christians for the most part believe either one of two
things. 1. God made Jesus' milestones in life coincide with the Pagan holidays..after all, most of them were adapted from previous ancient cultures
themselves, more than most likely beginning with the 3 main starting civilizations...Egypt, Sumeria, and Babylon. So, I could see where God himself
would and him being God...could make this occur. After all...during the Exodus..the 10 plagues were a direct attack on the 10 main Gods of Egypt at
the time....Basically the story when read and if to be believed was Moses together with God's power showing Pharaoh that the Hebrew God was more
powerful than all 10 of Egypt's Gods..making as stated, the "One True God" sooo.. I can see where if this were the true case, that the same would
have been done with Jesus.
2. Its believed that none of his milestones coincided with any Pagan holidays and the church leaders simply did as stated.....told the pagans it was
so simply to make conversion easier. Also...you have realize that within the NT, the apostles themselves had prayed and made the decisions that pagan
people did not have to adapt the Jewish custom because they were of course not jewish. In other words...you did not have to first become a Jew in
order to be a follower of Christ. Christ was the new concept..... you belonged..no matter what or where you came from. So, it was okay for them to
keep their customs and even adapt new ones because they were pagan, as long as they believed in Jesus it was okay. The Apostles wanted to make it as
easy as possible..not because they wanted to get one over on someone..but because these men fully believed that Jesus was the Messiah and you had
eternal life in Heaven if you placed your belief in him.....why would someone not want to spread that around?
Any way...my own personal belief is that God can do anything and in my thinking..he could care less about me placing a tree or not placing a tree, ...
all he wants is my faith and my love and trust, which he has. This all reminds me of something I read a long time ago, that I actually printed out and
I place it on our mantel every year :
But, remember, we Christians, we are not so ignorant as you may think, or unknowing nor uneducated, we are simply secure in our faith and are
therefore free from the worries that might plague others when it comes to how to celebrate the holidays.