I personally do not celebrate Christmas, as for me we should always give thanks for the Birth, Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. We should thank him for everything he has done. Without him taking on all our sins, we would have a horrible eternity in our future. I do not Judge others in any way, as this Holiday can indeed be used for the Glory of God.
Traditional Christmas music that celebrates the birth of Jesus can be listened to any time of the year.
There are also many “Annual Christians”; those are the ones who only go to a church building on Christmas Eve or Day and truly do not know the Lord. Lets pray that more come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
For me, the Christmas holiday has become a season of big-business and most who celebrate it forget the real reason behind it. Many people who have rejected Jesus as their Lord and Savior, still celebrate Christmas. December 25th was adopted as his birthday, as it coincided with Pagan practices of Winter Solstice/ festival of Saturnalia. There was also an issue with Julian Calendar (In 45 b.c. – Julius Caesar) vs Gregorian (In 1582 a.d. – Pope Gregory XIII) Calendar dates. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_calendars
Remember that Winter Solstice (starts December 21st) is celebrated by those currently practicing witchcraft (Pagan/Wiccan). They often use something called a “Yule Alter” which can easily blend in with traditional Christmas decorations. This is a time to come together in prayer to fight against evil in the name of Jesus. I won’t provide a link to their practices, as this blog is covered in the Blood of Jesus.
The real birthday of Jesus is not known, and many scholars claim it would have been between June and August. Some suggest the date of August 21.
Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, O house of Israel.
2 Thus says the Lord: “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles;
Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, For the Gentiles are dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the peoples are futile; For one cuts a tree from the forest,
The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.
4 They decorate it with silver and gold; They fasten it with nails and hammers
So that it will not topple.
5 They are upright, like a palm tree, And they cannot speak;
They must be carried, Because they cannot go by themselves.
Do not be afraid of them, For they cannot do evil,
Nor can they do any good.”
18 The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
19 So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly.
20 But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit.
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”
Wise Men Seek the King
2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem,
2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
3 When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
4 So he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Messiah would be born.
5 “In Bethlehem of Judea,” they told him, “because this is what was written by the prophet:
6 And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the leaders of Judah: because out of you will come a leader who will shepherd My people Israel.”
7 Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared.
8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you find Him, report back to me so that I too can go and worship Him.”
9 After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was—the star they had seen in the east! It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was.
10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed beyond measure.
11 Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12 And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route.
The Flight into Egypt
13 After they were gone, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up! Take the child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to search for the child to destroy Him.”
14 So he got up, took the child and His mother during the night, and escaped to Egypt.
15 He stayed there until Herod’s death, so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled: Out of Egypt I called My Son.
The Massacre of the Innocents
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been outwitted by the wise men, flew into a rage. He gave orders to massacre all the male children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, in keeping with the time he had learned from the wise men.
17 Then what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:
18 A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children; and she refused to be consoled,
because they were no more.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph Settle in Nazareth
19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
20 saying, “Get up! Take the child and His mother and go to the land of Israel, because those who sought the child’s life are dead.”
21 So he got up, took the child and His mother, and entered the land of Israel.
22 But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned in a dream, he withdrew to the region of Galilee.
23 Then he went and settled in a town called Nazareth to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets, that He will be called a Nazarene.
“There is Power In The Blood”