Christmas bashing is a seasonal regular in the United States. There are many Christians who disdain the so-called holy day (holiday), describing it as a celebration based on pagan themes, rituals, practices, and symbols. In fact, Jeremiads against Christmas in the United States go back a long way. Here’s an edict from the records of the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony, May 11, 1659:
“For preventing disorders, arising in several places within this jurisdiction by reason of some still observing such festivals as were superstitiously kept in other communities, to the great dishonor of God and offense of others: it is therefore ordered by this court and the authority thereof that whosoever shall be found observing any such day as Christmas or the like, either by forbearing of labor, feasting, or any other way, upon any such account as aforesaid, every such person so offending shall pay for every such offence five shilling as a fine to the county.”
For the most part, the majority of Christians do not consider Christmas to be a pagan holiday as long as the celebration is focused on the truth of what is being celebrated – God becoming man, the entry of Jesus Christ into our world for our redemption.
Now the anti-Christmas advocates have some company in their denouncement of Christmas: Islam. His name is IZHAR UD-DEEN-IL-HAQ, and he also believes Christmas is pagan:
“Even though Christmas has been taken hostage by Capitalist[s] to increase business revenues, many still practice this corrupt celebration as a remembrance of the birth of Jesus, who is considered as ‘the incarnation of God’ [the] second third of the trinity, hence it is a celebration of the birth of divinity.”
This Muslim gets it. All the trappings aside, Christmas is about the incarnation, God becoming man, the one thing that truly separates Islam from Christianity. Yes, he also disdains the pagan trappings:
“Know dear Muslim, to offer Christmas cards, attend any Christmas events, to congratulate others (i.e. by saying “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year” etc), Decorating the house, purchasing Christmas trees, or having Christmas turkey meals are completely prohibited by Allah. Protect your Paradise from being taken away from you & your family; protect yourself & your family from Christmas.”
But he is most perturbed with what is the reality of Christmas. The biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ is a frontal assault on Islam. If Christmas is true, Islam is not.